We assume you have: git, make, cmake installed on your system.

Clone acados

Clone acados and its submodules by running:

git clone
git submodule update --recursive --init

Build and install acados

Both a CMake and a Makefile based build system is supported at the moment. Please choose one and proceed with the corresponding paragraph.


Install acados as follows:

mkdir -p build
cd build
# add more optional arguments e.g. -DACADOS_WITH_OSQP=OFF/ON -DACADOS_INSTALL_DIR=<path_to_acados_installation_folder> above
make install

NOTE: you can set the BLASFEO_TARGET in <acados_root_folder>/CMakeLists.txt. For a list of supported targets, we refer to . The default is X64_AUTOMATIC, which attempts to determine the best available target for your machine.


Set the BLASFEO_TARGET in <acados_root_folder>/Makefile.rule. Since some of the C examples use qpOASES, also set ACADOS_WITH_QPOASES = 1 in <acados_root_folder>/Makefile.rule. For a list of supported targets, we refer to . Install acados as follows:

make shared_library
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:<path_to_acados_folder>/lib
make examples_c
make run_examples_c

Interfaces installation

For the installation of Python/MATLAB/Octave interfaces, please refer to the Interfaces page.

Windows (for use with Matlab)

Disclaimer: The high-level interfaces on Windows are not tested on Github Actions.


You should have the following software installed on your machine.

Clone acados

Clone acados and its submodules by running the following from your Git shell:

git clone
cd acados
git submodule update --recursive --init

Prepare acados build (minGW)

  • Locate the cmake.exe file. The default location is C:\Program Files\CMake311\bin.

  • Add this path to your environment variable PATH, using the Windows GUI. To open the GUI press Windows key and type “env”.

  • Install mingw from MATLAB add-ons manager.

  • Locate this mingw installation. The default location is C:\ProgramData\MATLAB\SupportPackages\R2018a\3P.instrset\mingw_w64.instrset.

  • Add the subfolders bin and x86_64-w64-mingw32\bin of the above mentioned mingw installation to your environment variable PATH.

Build acados (minGW)

Run the following from a powershell in the <acados_root_folder>:

mkdir -p build
cd build

Configure the cmake command if you want to use other external QP solvers or change the HPIPM and BLASFEO targets.

# useful options to add above:
# NOTE: check the output of cmake: -- Installation directory: should be <acados_root_folder>,
#     if this is not the case, set -DACADOS_INSTALL_DIR=<acados_root_folder> explicitly above.

In a powershell, navigate to the folder <acados_root_folder>/build and execute

mingw32-make.exe -j4
mingw32-make.exe install

Try a Matlab example

  • Open Matlab

  • select MinGW compiler using mex

  • go to <acados_root_folder>/examples/acados_matlab_octave

  • run acados_env_variables_windows

  • go to the getting_started subfolder

  • run minimal_example_ocp

Workflow with Microsoft Visual C Compiler (MSVC)

Note: this workflow is preliminary and not thoroughly tested. (Tested once with MSVC 2017 and MSVC 2019 on May 2021)

  • clone acados (see above)

  • use the Developer Command Prompt for VS, navigate to <acados_root_folder>/build and run

# respectively for MVSC 2019
cmake --build . -j10 --target INSTALL --config Release
  • In Matlab, run mex -setup C and select the same MSVC version.

  • Try a Matlab example (see above).