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How to setup a Microsoft Windows programming environment under FreeBSD

Before you start installing anything, you might want to consider creating a separate user account for Windows development, using the "man adduser" command.

First you need to install the Windows emulator called wine:

cd /usr/ports/emulators/wine
make all install clean

Then fetch the latest QT 4.x opensource-mingw version from: Store the file, for example "qt-win-opensource-4.2.0-mingw.exe" in a local folder. Then execute the following command:

wine qt-win-opensource-4.2.0-mingw.exe

When you get to the MinGW installation window select Download and install minimal MinGW installation, if you have not installed it previously. This assumes that you have got a network connection. Else you can pre-fetch and install the the MinGW-X.X.X.exe from

Before you will be able to compile anything you need to setup the PATH environment for MinGW and QT 4.X. Basically what you want is to have "PATH=c:\mingw\bin;c:\qt\4.0.2\bin". Note that this is just an example. The directories must match where you installed MinGW and QT 4.x.

wine regedit.exe

Lookup the "PATH" environment variable, and append for example: ";c:\mingw\bin;c:\qt\4.0.2\bin".

That is it. Now test that the PATH environment is activated:

wine g++ --help

The only thing that doesn't work yet is to run the QT applications you compile under Wine. But that might change with the next release of Wine.

Good luck.


This document was last updated on Tue 21 Dec 2021 06:09:39 AM CET.