Installing an official release on Windows¶
Official higan releases are distributed in 7-zip archives. You will need to install 7-zip (or another compatible archiving tool) to install higan. Once you have a suitable archiving tool, extract the contents of the higan archive into a new folder.
When you’re done,
the new folder should contain
along with other assorted files and folders
that describe the systems higan emulates.
You may put that new folder wherever you like.
To run higan, open the
Uninstalling an official release on Windows¶
Delete the folder containing
and the other associated data from the original archive.
To remove higan’s configuration:
- Press Win+R to open the Run dialog
%LOCALAPPDATA%and press Enter to open the folder where higan’s configuration data lives
- Delete the sub-folders named
higanif they exist.
You might also want to remove higan’s game library (including in-game saves and save-states).
Compiling from source on Windows¶
You will need a copy of the higan source-code. If you download an official release from the higan homepage, you will need 7-zip or a compatible tool to extract it. Alternatively, you may obtain higan source code from the unofficial git repo using the Git source-code management tool, or by clicking the download button on the right-hand side of the web-page and choosing an archive format.
You will need a C++ compiler to compile higan. We recommend installing TDM64-GCC, preferably the latest version but anything newer than 4.9 should be fine. higan does not support building with clang++ (Clang is still not quite there yet for Windows) nor Microsoft Visual C++ (last we checked, it didn’t support all the C++ features higan uses).
Note: Make sure you get TDM64-GCC, not TDM-GCC. When compiled in x86 (32-bit) mode, higan may crash at startup because gcc targeting x86 does not support Windows’ structured exception handling (SEH). Also, historically in x86 mode gcc has miscompiled a part of the NES emulation core. See the higan forum for details.
Once you’ve installed the compiler,
open a command-prompt window,
then press Enter
to check it’s installed correctly.
You should see a message like
g++ 1.2.3 20010101 Copyright (C) 2001 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
…except it should mention the compiler version that you installed
and the corresponding dates.
If you see an error message like
“‘g++’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file”,
you may need to add the compiler’s “bin” folder
to your computer’s
See the compiler’s documentation for help with that.
Once mingw is installed and available from the command prompt:
- Put the higan source code in some convenient location,
- Open the command-prompt
cd C:\higan-src(or wherever you put the higan source) and press Enter
mingw32-make -C icarusand press Enter to build the icarus import tool
mingw32-make -C higanand press Enter to build the main higan executable
Installing a compiled build on Windows¶
- In Windows Explorer, create the folder where you want higan to live
- Assuming you built higan in
C:\higan-src\icarus\out\icarus.exeinto the new folder
C:\higan-src\icarus\Databaseand its contents into the new folder
C:\higan-src\higan\out\higan.exeinto the new folder
- Copy all the
C:\higan-src\higan\systemsinto the new folder
- If the higan source includes a
shadersfolder, make another new folder named
Video Shadersinside the new folder, and copy all the
The new folder should now contain
a folder named
and half a dozen folders named after the systems higan emulates
.sys at the end.
This is what you would get by downloading an official build,
as described under
Installing an official release on Windows
Uninstalling a compiled build on Windows¶
The process is the same as Uninstalling an official release on Windows above. You may also wish to delete the higan source folder.