Download xSDK 0.1.0

This page is focused on obtaining and installing the xSDK 0.1.0 release. More information about the 0.1.0 release in general, as well as the xSDK 0.2.0 alpha release is also available.

Obtaining the xSDK installation script

git clone
cd installxSDK
git checkout v0.1.0


curl \


sh ./ --prefix="installation directory" [other configure options]

See details about installing on specific target platforms.

Simple example

sh ./ --prefix=/usr/local/xSDK --with-mpicc=/usr/local/mpich/bin/mpicc \
--with-mpicxx=/usr/local/mpich/bin/mpicxx --with-mpif90=/usr/local/mpich/bin/mpif90

Useful options

--help List all the possible options (most you will never need)

--with-packages-dir=adirectory For use from behind a firewall, will not download needed packages but instead will direct user to download the packages to the given directory and then use those found in the directory

--download-mpich Useful if you do not have an MPI installed on your machine.

--with-blaslapack-dir="directory to locate BLAS and LAPACK" Usually you should not need this.

--with-git=0 Do not use git to download any of the packages; use the tarballs instead.

--disable-debug Build optimized version of libraries (debug is the default).

--with-boost-dir="directory where boost is installed" Boost takes forever to install so this is a good option to use if you have boost installed already.

--with-trilinos=0 Install xSDK except for Trilinos (Boost is also not installed since it is needed only by Trilinos).

--download-xxx=/directoryname Add your own package to be automatically downloaded and installed. /directoryname/ should contain a subclass of config.package.GNUPackage, config.package.CMakePackage, or config.package.Package containing specific information about your package, its download location and dependencies. See, for example,,, or

Application-specific installs

Work in the xSDK is motivated by large-scale scientific applications, including use-cases in environmental system science. The xSDK includes the Alquimia geochemistry package, which in turn uses PFlotran as a chemistry engine. The script can install these application-specific packages, as indicated below. The script can also install external packages that are needed by the Amanzi application.

Options for application-specific installs

--download-alquimia --download-pflotran Install Alquimia and PFlotran.

--download-ideas Install xSDK packages and external software needed by Amanzi.



  • The installation script will, by default, download and install four xSDK numerical libraries (hypre,PETScSuperLU_dist, and Trilinos) as well as some commonly needed external packages (boostHDF5,NetCDFexodusiiMETIS, and ParMETIS).
  • To use an already installed package, add the argument --with-xxx-dir=/dir, for example, --with-boost-dir=/usr/local
  • To prevent downloading a particular package, add the argument --download-xxx=0, for example, --download-trilinos=0
  • To install a subset of packages, you must turn off all packages you do not want.
  • Use a different prefix for debug and optimized builds.
  • Except for a couple of minor exceptions, this script will NOT rebuild packages that have not changed between calls to the script. Thus, calling it a second time with the same prefix will be much faster.
  • This script has very little automatic management of dependencies or version management.