Getting Started

Setting up Mimic

Currently, Mimic runs on Linux (ARM & Intel architectures), Mac OSX, and Windows. It has been untested on Android, and we have plans to make it available on iOS.

Supported platforms

  • Linux (ARM & Intel architectures)
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows


  • Android


  • iOS


This is the list of requirements. Below there is the commands needed on the most popular distributions and supported OS.

  • A good C compiler:
    • Linux or Mac OSX: Recommended: gcc or clang
    • Windows: Recommended: GCC under Cygwin or mingw32
  • GNU make, automake and libtool
  • pkg-config
  • ICU library and headers
  • An audio engine:
    • Linux: ALSA/PortAudio/PulseAudio (Recommended: ALSA)
    • Mac OSX: PortAudio
    • Windows: PortAudio

Install Dependencies


On Debian/Ubuntu
$ sudo apt-get install gcc make pkg-config automake libtool libicu-dev libasound2-dev
On Fedora
$ sudo dnf install gcc make pkgconfig automake libtool libicu-devel alsa-lib-devel
On Arch
$ sudo pacman -S --needed install gcc make pkg-config automake libtool icu alsa-lib


  • Install Brew

    $ /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
  • Install pkg-config, automake, libtool, icu and PortAudio
    $ brew install pkg-config automake libtool portaudio icu4c


Cross compiling:

The fastest and most straightforward way to build mimic for windows is by cross-compilation from linux. This requires some additional packages to be installed.

On Ubuntu 16.04 (xenial):

sudo apt-get install gcc make pkg-config automake libtool libicu-dev wine binutils-mingw-w64-i686 mingw-w64-i686-dev gcc-mingw-w64-i686 g++-mingw-w64-i686

On Ubuntu 14.04 (trusty):

sudo apt-get install gcc make pkg-config automake libtool libicu-dev mingw32 mingw32-runtime wine

Native Windows building

  • Audio device and audio libraries are optional, as mimic can write its output to a waveform file.
  • Some of the source files are quite large, that some C compilers might choke on these. So, gcc is recommended.
  • Visual C++ 6.0 is known to fail on the large diphone database files
  • The build process is MUCH slower on Windows.

Read the next page for instructions on installation.