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Installation of Takin

Takin is developed under Linux and the newest version can be always compiled directly from the repository. From time to time, we compile prepared packages for Ubuntu, RedHat, macOS and Windows.

There is not yet installer of Takin for Mac and Windows. Compiled version can run standalone without any installation.


  1. Use control-click on downloaded file and select “open” (because app is currently unsigned)
  2. The Mac version contains all features from Linux version.


  1. Install the package (replacing <takin.deb> with the name of the downloaded file; note the “./” in front of the file name):
    apt-get install --fix-broken ./<takin.deb>

Windows (experimental)

  1. Unpack downloaded file. We recommend to use open source utility 7-Zip.
  2. Run takin.exe
  3. Native Windows version is not able to run Python/Julia scripts, so convolution fitting is very simplified. In order to use all Takin features on Windows, we recommend using Ubuntu version under Windows 10. See below.

Windows subsystem for Linux (preferred for Windows)

  • Instalation
    1. Users of Windows 10 can run native version of Takin under Linux subsystem.
    2. Install the Windows Subsystem for Linux
      1. Open PowerShell as Administrator and run:
        Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux
      2. Follow the instructions, restart the computer if needed
    3. Run Bash (Start –> Bash on Ubuntu on Windows)
    4. Check, if you have version 16 of Ubuntu
      lsb_release -a

      If not, you need to upgrade your linux by running sudo do-release-upgrade

    5. Perform a system update sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
    6. Install Xming, we recommend to use Setup wizard (official page)
    7. Install the package (replacing <takin.deb> with the name of the downloaded file):
      dpkg -i <takin.deb>
  • Run takin
    1. Start Xming
    2. Start bash
    3. Run
      DISPLAY=:0 takin
    4. Alternatively you can create a shortcut to bash -c “DISPLAY=:0 takin” and use TAKIN icon for it.
takin/help/install.txt · Last modified: 2023/04/05 23:00 by Tobias Weber