On Windows, using the official Windows installation program is recommended. If you want to build your own installer, see Step four: Build the Windows installer.

Install on OSX

We are not currently distributing an installer for OSX. Instead, you must install Exaile via Homebrew. For more details, see the homebrew-exaile <> repo.


On *nix-based systems (but not OSX), run the following command from the source code directory to install:

$ make
# make install

The “make” step is optional and only compiles the modules and translations.

There is also an install_no_locale target if you wish to install without translations.

To uninstall exaile please run:

# make uninstall

from the same directory.

Environment Variables

Note: normally it should be enough to set PREFIX, and potentially LIBINSTALLDIR on a 64-bit system. The additional variables can provide further installation customization.

Environment variables that affect “make install”:

The full path to the lib directory. Default: EPREFIX/lib
The full path to non-arcitecture dependent data files. Default: PREFIX/share
The full path to the parent of the man page installation directory (same as system DATADIR) Default: PREFIX/share
The executable installation prefix. Default: PREFIX
The main installation prefix. Default: /usr/local Note: If this default is changed, you may need to set the LIBINSTALLDIR or XDG_DATA_DIRS environment variables to include the changed path. See [1].
The directory to install system-wide config files in, following xdg spec. Default: /etc/xdg Note: If this default is changed, you may need to set the XDG_CONFIG_DIRS environment variable to include the changed path. See [1].
Destination directory to put the file structure under. Mainly of use for packagers. Default: not set (/)
Default arguments that the ‘exaile’ launcher script (installed to $PREFIX/bin/exaile) will pass to exaile on startup

Additional Resources: 1. XDG Base Directory Specification