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wxPython 2.9 on Linux

I needed to test one of my programs on Linux. It’s written in Python using wxPython. I am using the version that is still in development wxPython 2.9. There are prebuild versions for Mac and Windows but unfortunately, there isn’t a prebuild package for Linux so I had to compile it myself. However I ran into some problems making it compile, and since others might have similar problems I’ll think I would document it.

Download the wxpython 2.9 source here

First, there is a problem with the wxPython 2.9.4 that makes the compile fail. Someone has made a patch to fix this. It can be downloaded

To apply the patch change to the root folder of the wxPython source tree and run

patch -p0 < wxPython-src-

Install the necessary packages for wxPython to compile and function

sudo apt-get install build-essential libgtk2.0-dev freeglut3-dev libgstreamer0.10-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-dev python2.7-dev libwebkitgtk*

Compile and install wxPython

cd wxpython
sudo ./build-wxpython.py --install
sudo ldconfig

If everything finish without errors you can test if wxPython was correctly installed with the following.

import wxversion
import wx

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