Please install/save everything locally to prevent any conflicts with other libraries. We will assume that you have a single workspace where you save all repos related to raisim. Here we introduce two variables

  • WORKSPACE: workspace where you clone your git repos (e.g., ~/raisim_workspace)

  • LOCAL_INSTALL: install directory where you install exported cmake libraries (e.g., ~/raisim_build)

You can add them to your environment variables or simply replace them by the path you want in the below instructions.


RaiSim depends on the following open-source libraries

  • Eigen3 (sudo apt-get install libeigen3-dev)

  • cmake > 3.10 (Technically it is not a dependency but it makes the installation easier)

  • For windows users, visual studio 2019 (we only support 2019 but it will probably work with 2015 or above)

RaiSim includes many open-source libraries. See the COPYING file for the full list.

RaiSim Install

RaiSim is installed using cmake. The following options are available

  • RAISIM_EXAMPLE : Compile C++ RaiSim examples

  • RAISIM_MATLAB : Compile raisimMatlab (compiled binary is also provided). You need MATLAB for this option

  • RAISIM_PY : Compile raisimPy. The desired python version can be set by -DPYTHON_EXECUTABLE=$(python3 -c "import sys; print(sys.executable)") in Linux or Mac. In Linux, you need to install python library using sudo apt install python<YOUR_PYTHON_VERSION>-dev to build a python package.

You can generate build files using CMake as following

Replace $(python3 -c "import sys; print(sys.executable)") to specify which python executable to use.

cd $WORKSPACE/raisimLib
mkdir build
cd build
cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=$LOCAL_INSTALL -DRAISIM_EXAMPLE=ON -DRAISIM_PY=ON -DPYTHON_EXECUTABLE=$(python3 -c "import sys; print(sys.executable)")
make install -j4

We recommend using the CMake GUI. After generating the build files with the CMake GUI, you can build and install RaiSim using Visual Studio. Alternatively, you can do it as below in Windows Powershell

cd $WORKSPACE/raisimLib
mkdir build
cd build
cmake --build . --target install --config Release

To use RaiSim more conveniently, you have to let your linker know where you installed RaiSim

Add the following lines to your ~/.bashrc file


Do not use ~ to reference your home directory. Write the full path

Add the following lines to your .zshrc file


Do not use ~ to reference your home directory. Write the full path

You can do that by following these steps

  1. “Edit the system environment variables”

  2. In “Advanced tab”, “Environment Variables”

  3. Click “Path” variable in the “System variables” list and click “edit”

  4. Append the install directory


For Linux users To use (vulkan version) RaiSimUnity in Linux, you need to install minizip, ffmpeg and vulkan. To install vulkan, follow this link

To install minizip and ffmpeg,

sudo apt install minizip ffmpeg

If you still cannot raisimUnity, this probably means that your driver does not support vulkan so well. In that case, you should use raisimUnityOpengl. It only supports minimalistic graphics.


To run examples, copy-paste the activation that you received by email to rsc directory and rename it to activation,raisim. When you run CMake, it will copy the rsc directory to a build directory.

In Windows, also copy your activation key to raisim\win32\mt_release\bin\rsc directory. Then, you can run prebuilt examples in raisim\win32\mt_release\bin.

Make sure that you run raisimUnity executable in raisimUnity/<OS>/RaiSimUnity before you run the examples.