[vtkusers] INSTALLING VTK
Jon Haitz Legarreta
jhlegarreta at vicomtech.org
Tue Jan 27 03:25:49 EST 2015
VTK is a powerful, open-source software library for scientific
The first thing you need to do to start using VTK is to download and build
the source code.
Just in case you haven't done so, the source code is found here .
You will need a build system to generate the files needed in your build
environment, i.e., the ones your compiler will need to build the binaries.
For this purpose, CMake is used .
You will then need to choose your compiler, depending on the OS and the
compiler you use.
Once you have built the VTK binaries, you are set to use it from any
software you may develop.
A very useful resource is the class documentation, whose latest version can
be found here . Depending on the VTK version you use, you may also find
legacy documentation here .
The VTK wiki  is also a useful resource. You will find tens of examples,
tutorials and a FAQ section.
I haven't got experience myself in visualizing radiocommunication models in
VTK, but I guess, the first thing you need is to know what your model is,
and what physical phenomenon you would like to render (in case you want to
render more than just the transmitter/receiver).
BTW, what do you mean by "all related software"?
If you mean that you downloaded, for example, ParaView  or some other
application using VTK, and if that is enough for your purposes, you do not
need to download the VTK source code.
On 27 January 2015 at 08:42, Vamshi Krishna <vamshi2592 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am an engineering student trying to work on building a model (antenna
> for GPR) in VTK. i have downloaded all the latest versions (6.1.0) of the
> softwares related to VTK from the website. I am unable to understand how to
> install and how it works. It seems very complex to me. please help me out
> in installing the software and give some outline on how to start building a
> thanking you in the anticipation of the reply
> *Vamshi Krishna,*
> *IVth Year Undergraduate,*
> *Department of Electronics & Electrical Communication Engg.,*
> *Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.*
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