This guide describes how we suggest to compile MPC-HC. No one is forced to do everything this way, but don't complain if something doesn't build/work otherwise.

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Part A: Preparing the Visual Studio environment

Visual Studio 2013

  1. Install Visual C++ 2013, part of Visual Studio 2013 Professional (Express won't work, other editions work fine)
  2. Make sure you install all available updates from Microsoft Update
  3. Install the DirectX SDK (June 2010) ->

Part B: Preparing the GCC environment

  • NOTES:
    • If you installed the MSYS/MinGW package in an other directory you will have to use that path in the following steps.
    • If you don't have Git installed then the revision number will be a hard-coded one, like
  1. Download and extract MSYS_MinGW-w64_GCC_492_x86-x64.7z to C:\MSYS\.
    For the components and their version see here.
  2. OPTIONAL Edit the "fstab" file in C:\MSYS\etc\ to specify your MinGW path.
    C:\MSYS\mingw		\mingw

Note the tab-space between mingw and \mingw

  1. Create a file named "build.user.bat" in "C:\mpc-hc" containing the following entries, adapted for your system:
    REM Git is optional to set if you chose to add it in PATH when installing it
    SET "MPCHC_GIT=C:\Program Files (x86)\Git"
    REM Optional, if you plan to modify the translations, install Python 2.7 or set the variable to its path
    SET "MPCHC_PYTHON=C:\Python27"

Part C: Downloading and compiling the MPC-HC source

  1. Use Git to clone MPC-HC's repository to C:\mpc-hc (or anywhere else you like)
    Download Git from


git clone --recursive


git clone git submodule update --init --recursive

If a submodule update fails, try running:

git submodule foreach --recursive git fetch --tags

then run the update again

git submodule update --init --recursive

  1. Open the solution file C:\mpc-hc\mpc-hc.sln
    Change the solution's configuration to "Release" (in the toolbar).
  2. Press F7 to build the solution.
  3. You now have mpc-hc.exe under C:\mpc-hc\bin\mpc-hc_x86
  4. Open the solution file C:\mpc-hc\mpciconlib.sln
  5. Press F7 to build the solution.
  6. You now have mpciconlib.dll under C:\mpc-hc\bin\mpc-hc_x86
  7. Open the solution file C:\mpc-hc\mpcresources.sln
    In Visual Studio go to Build -> Batch Build -> Press Select All -> Press Build
  8. You now have mpcresources.XX.dll under C:\mpc-hc\bin\mpc-hc_x86\Lang

Alternatively, you can use build.bat which can build everything for you (run: build.bat /help for more info)

Part D: Building the installer

Download Inno Setup Unicode v5.5.5 or newer.
Install everything and then go to C:\mpc-hc\distrib, open mpc-hc_setup.iss with Inno Setup, read the first comments in the script and compile it.


  • build.bat can build the installer by using the /installer or the /packages switch.
  • Use Inno Setup's built-in IDE if you want to edit the iss file.
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