Installing PMbrowser

You can install from source or use one of the provided binaries. Currently, for Linux, an executable is available as well as a DEB package. For Windows (64bit only) and macOS (minimum version 10.13) installers are available.

Alternatively, you can build from source.

Installing on Windows

Download the installer PMbrowser-<version>-win64.msi from the GitHub repository release page: .

There is no need to install any libraries of the Qt framework, since the installer comes with all files necessary for installing and running the program.

An entry will be created in the start menu.

Inside the program folder PM browser under Program Files you will find an offline version of the documentation in the share/doc folder.

Installing on Linux

To run PMbrowser, you will need the Qt5 libraries installed. On Debian and Ubuntu this is easily done with this command: sudo apt install qt5-default

using DEB package

Download the installer PMbrowser-<version>-win64.deb from the GitHub repository release page: . Use the command sudo dpkg -i `PMbrowser-<version>-win64.deb to install.

Documentation will be installed in /usr/share/doc/QtPMbrowser by default. The executable QtPMbrowser in /usr/bin .

Now, start PMbrowser with QtPMbrowser &.

direct instalation of the executable

The executable can be found at the GitHub repository release page:

Save to file to an appropiate location, e.g. /usr/local/bin/ and make sure it is marked executable. An easy way to achive this is to use the install command.

A possible command sequence to get and install v2.0 of PMbrowser could look like this

sudo install QtPMbrowser /usr/local/bin/

For this to work, wget must be installed.

Now, start PMbrowser with QtPMbrowser &.

Installing on macOS

Download the installer PMbrowser-<version>-Darwin.pkg from the GitHub repository release page: . The installer will guide you through the instalation process.

On macOS no offline documentation will be installed.

Building from Source

Since version 2.1, the build process has been unified such that cmake is used on all target systems.


You will need to install the usual build tools including cmake and Qt-Library version 5.12 or newer. To build the documention, you need Sphinx .

On most Linux distributions , Qt is provided as a package, e.g. qt5-default for Ubuntu.

For Windows and macOS the Qt developer tools need to be installed. You can get them from Qt.

On Linux, there is an obscure bug in the Qt-libraries that can lead to the error

error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

This can be solved by this command:

sudo strip --remove-section=.note.ABI-tag /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/

Build commands

Usually, these commands should work to build and install from the terminal:

git clone
mkdir PMbrowser_build
cd PMbrowser_build
cmake ../PMbrowser -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release
cmake --build . --config Release
cmake --install . --config Release

You might need to set the cmake variable CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH to your Qt directory. You might find this easier to do using cmake-gui .

By default, the documentation will not be build / installed. You have to set the BUILD_DOCS option for this.