Compiling levelDB on Windows Cygwin

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The official levelDB does not support Cygwin platform, trying to compile it on Cygwin may get the error message:”Unknow platform”. Anyway, levelDB works on Windows Cygwin environment, all you have to do is to manually modify some files.

First, make sure your Cygwin has gcc-4 installed, not gcc-3:

$ gcc -v
gcc version 4.5.3 (GCC)

Then, edit build_detect_platform under levelDB source code folder, make it looks like this:

case "$TARGET_OS" in

The “CYGWIN_*” codes is added. Then edit port/port_posix.h, make it looks like this:

#if defined(OS_MACOSX) || defined(OS_SOLARIS) || defined(OS_FREEBSD) ||\
    defined(OS_NETBSD) || defined(OS_OPENBSD) || defined(OS_DRAGONFLYBSD) ||\
    defined(OS_ANDROID) || defined(OS_HPUX) || defined(CYGWIN)
// Use fread/fwrite/fflush on platforms without _unlocked variants
#define fread_unlocked fread
#define fwrite_unlocked fwrite
#define fflush_unlocked fflush

The ” || defined(CYGWIN)” is added, or you may got this error if you try to run make:

util/env_posix.cc:50: error: `fread_unlocked' undeclared (first use this function)

Now, you can compile levelDB on Windows Cygwin:


If you can find the file libleveldb.a in levelDB source code folder, it’s sucessfull. levelDB is just a library, not a standalone server, so we write a simple CPP code example to test it:

#include <iostream>
#include "leveldb/db.h"

int main(){
    leveldb::DB* db;
    leveldb::Options options;
    leveldb::Status status;

    options.create_if_missing = true;

    status = leveldb::DB::Open(options, "./testdb", &db);

    std::string key = "abc";
    std::string value = "123";
    std::string ret;
    std::cout << value;
    status = db->Put(leveldb::WriteOptions(), key, value);
    status = db->Get(leveldb::ReadOptions(), key, &ret);
    std::cout << ret;

    return 0;

Compile this code(file named a.cpp) and run with command:

g++ a.cpp -Iinclude -L. -lleveldb; ./a
Posted by ideawu at 2012-11-10 12:09:50 Tags: ,

One Response to "Compiling levelDB on Windows Cygwin"

  • Hi,
    Can you help me build eleveldb on Cygwin ? My gcc is 4.5.3 and I am on a 64bit W7 OS with a 32bit install of cygwin. I was able to build leveldb using Microsoft SDK and the msbuild program :
    user1@mycomputer ~/eleveldb
    $ ./rebar compile
    ==> Entering directory `c:/cygwin/home/user1/eleveldb’
    ==> eleveldb (compile)
    ‘c_src’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.
    ERROR: Command [compile] failed! Reply

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