A customer of mine recently asked me for a windows version of Kannel. Prior to this I had no experience with Cygwin/Windows development at all. It was actually extremely simple to build Kannel using Cygwin (thanks to the Kannel developers for being, well, pretty cool ;)).

Obviously it’s not the easiest thing in the world for non-developers so I thought I would make it easy for everyone to just simply download some binaries of Kannel and get going.

So with that said, I have built two installers for Kannel to run on windows. I have built against the stable release 1.4.3 and then I have done a CVS snapshot build against CVS dated 2009-04-07.

If you are interested in these, please navigate to my kannel for windows page which I will keep up to date as more stable releases get done.

Just a bit of background of how to build your own versions on Cygwin below:

  1. Download latest version of Cygwin
  2. Install, making sure you select the development packages (gcc, automake, libxml2-devel, openssl-devel, etc)
  3. Download and extract the source of Kannel from www.kannel.org
  4. Change directory to the extracted source
  5. Run ./configure
  6. Run make
  7. Then if you wish, run make install to install (need privileges unless alternative –prefix was specified)

Easy !

Just as a final note, Kannel on windows should NOT be treated as a production ready piece of software, so this should be used strictly for convenience, testing, development, etc.

As always, if you have any questions, leave a comment or mail me via blog@ddj.co.za

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