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The source distribution for ITK can be obtained in two ways:

  1. Official release tarballs
  2. Snapshot from CVS

1. Official Releases

Core Library

There have been five official releases of ITK since its inception. The latest official release is 2.0.1 from March 2005. It contains several important fixes since 2.0.0:

The previous official release was v2.0, which was released in February 2005. This can be obtained from:

Older releases are archived at and at SourceForge

Sample Applications

A series of example applications for ITK are available. See ITK Insight Applications for full details. The source is available for download:

(Note: the contents of the archives above are identical; only the archiving and compression is changed to best suit different platforms.)

Linux Package Distributions


ITK 2.0.1 Has been packaged for Mandrake Linux by Gaetan Lehmann (Thanks to Gaetan for doing this).

Here are instructions from his email

If you use mandrake cooker or mandrake 10.2 and above,

 "urpmi  libitk-devel", 
 "urpmi python-itk" 
  or "urpmi itk-doc" 

(for example) should install packages you need to use itk.

If you use an earlier release, you can download source rpm from your favorite mirror and rebuild the package with

 "rpmbuild --rebuild  itk-*-src.rpm". 


for more information on macro needed for backport.


Fabrice bellet updated some rpm for:


(thanks to Brad King for updating gccxml to support gcc 3.4).

You can find there binaries for :

cableswig-0.1.0-0.20050402.src.rpm 02-Apr-2005 00:54 11M

cableswig-0.1.0-0.20050402.i386.rpm 02-Apr-2005 00:54 2.7M

cableswig-debuginfo-0.1.0-0.20050402.i386.rpm 02-Apr-2005 00:54 8.4M

itk-2.0.1-2.src.rpm 02-Apr-2005 21:22 14M

itk-2.0.1-2.i386.rpm 02-Apr-2005 21:23 3.4M

itk-examples-2.0.1-2.i386.rpm 02-Apr-2005 21:23 7.5M

itk-devel-2.0.1-2.i386.rpm 02-Apr-2005 21:23 2.4M

itk-tcl-2.0.1-2.i386.rpm 02-Apr-2005 21:25 14M

itk-python-2.0.1-2.i386.rpm 02-Apr-2005 21:26 16M

itk-java-2.0.1-2.i386.rpm 02-Apr-2005 21:27 19M

itk-testing-progs-2.0.1-2.i386.rpm 02-Apr-2005 21:29 40M

itk-debuginfo-2.0.1-2.i386.rpm 02-Apr-2005 21:49 318M

2. CVS Snapshots

Since many bug fixes and improvements are invariably applied to the source since an official release, it is often worthwhile getting a source snapshot from CVS. However, before doing so you should always consult the NightlyDashboard to see the latest nightly build status for all platforms. Find a build matching your platform, and ensure that it is all green. If not, some unit tests may have failed and you may need to go back a day or so to find a build that has passed green.

The very first time you access the ITK CVS repository, you must log in:

cvs -d login

When prompted for a password, simply press Enter (it is empty).

To check out ITK itself:

cvs -d co Insight

To check out the Insight documentation (warning: this is huge):

cvs -d co InsightDocuments

Numerous sample applcations, some simple and some quite sophisticated, are available from InsightApplications:

cvs -d co InsightApplications

Here are the known release tags (use with cvs -r):

  • `ITK-2-0-1` for release 2.0 branch, patch 1.
  • `ITK-2-0` for release 2.0 branch.
  • `ITK-1-8-1` for release 1.8 branch patch 1.
  • `ITK-1-8` for release 1.8 branch.
  • `ITK-1-6` for release 1.6 branch.
  • `ITK-1-4` for release 1.4 branch.
  • `Release-1-2` for release 1.2 branch.
  • `Release-1-0` for release 1.0 branch.
  • `Release-0_7` for beta release 0.7 branch