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Windows Manual Build

This is an instructional guide how to build Ink/Stitch without using the manual install.

Info: For this description we use foo as a user name. Whenever it occures replace it with your personal windows user name.


Install these dependancies to build a local build of inkstitch for windows.

  • Build Tools for Visual Studio 2022
    • Scroll down on their website until you see “Tools for Visual Studio 2022” and open the submenu
    • Scroll down again and download “Buildtools for Visual Studio 2022”
    • Run the installation Click on modify Select desktop development with c++
  • Python

    Choose the 32bit version, run the installer and check “Add Python x.xx to PATH”. This for the bash enviroment to find python. Add python to path Then click on “Install now”

  • Git for windows

    This installs git as well as providing a terminal emulator to run build scripts.

    Download Use the default settings during installation.

  • nodejs

    Install LTS 32 bit version. Install with default settings.

  • Inno setup

    This provides the compiler to build the windows installer. Use the default settings.

  • make

    This provides make to run the build scripts.

    • Download
    • unzip
    • Create the folder C:\Make\bin
    • Copy make.exe from Downloads\make-3.82.90-20111115\make-3.82.90-20111115\bin_ix86 to C:\Make\bin

    Make folder with make.exe


The bash environment needs some paths for the installed software. So let’s set it up.

  • Open Windows settings > System > About > Advanced system settings

    Windows settings


  • In Advanced Settings click on Enviroment Vairables

    Advanced Settings

  • In User variables for [foo] click on Path (1) and then on Edit... (2)

    Environment Variables

  • For each of the paths below click on New then copy paste the file path:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Inno Setup 6
  • Now it should look like this:

    Environment Variables

Download Ink/Stitch

  • Create a folder where you want to keep your Ink/Stitch source files
  • Right click into the file browser and click on Git Bash Here

    Right click menu

  • Run the following commands in the terminal emulator:

    git clone
    git clone

Edit Ink/Stitch requirements

  • Open the new inkstitch folder in the file browser
  • Open requirements.txt with your prefered text editor
    • Delete ./pyembroidery
    • Replace numpy<=1.17.4 with numpy

Setup Python

  • In the terminal emulator run the following commands:

    python -m pip install --upgrade pip
    python -m pip install wheel
    python -m pip install git+
    python -m pip install -e pyembroidery/
    cd inkstitch
    python -m pip install -r requirements.txt
    python -m pip install pyinstaller
  • For debugging with pydevd also run:

    python -m pip install pydevd

Setup yarn

  • In the terminal emulator run

    npm install --global yarn

Set Ink/Stitch environment variables BUILD and VERSION

  • In the file browser open the Makefile with your predered text editor Add these line to the Makefile at the beginging:

    export BUILD=windows
    export VERSION=my-dev-build
  • Open the bin folder and edit the file build-distribution-archives

    Comment out VERSION

  • Also in the bin folder edit build-windows-installer

    Update VERSION to the same name which you used in the Makefile


Build Ink/Stitch

  • In the terminal emulator run:

    make distclean && make dist
  • In the file browser you will find the finished builds in the folder artifacts