XML-RPC for C/C++ (Xmlrpc-c) is developed and distributed by a
The most normal way to get Xmlrpc-c is to get the source package
and build it for the particular system on which you want to run it.
Xmlrpc-c has a sophisticated, rather novel system of releasing
source code (see Release System), but you
probably don't need to know any more than the following to download
No matter how you get the Xmlrpc-c source code, you have to
build it, following instructions and using tools in the
package, before you can install and use it. The procedure for this is
fairly standard for Unix source distributions, and is described in the
file README in the source package. For Windows, it takes a
little more imagination, but you can find instructions and tools in
the Windows directory in the source package.
The source code packages do not contain documentation. The
documentation is online, and if you want a local copy, you can
get that from the project Subversion repository in directory userguide.
Note that a single manual covers all releases.
At any particular time, there are 3 Xmlrpc-c releases from which to
||How to download
||many years old
||Conventional source code tarball from Sourceforge
||up to 2 years old
||up to 1/4 year old
Note that none of these releases have any known bugs. The
bugs are those that haven't been reported yet.
Downloading A Tarball
Get the tarball for the current Super Stable release from the
Sourceforge File Releases facility.
This is a highly conventional Unix source code package. Use the
conventional Unix program tar to unpack it. It is Gzipped.
The project does not distribute tarballs for the other release series.
(Before 2013, there was a way to get a tarball of all the series, using a
Sourceforge feature that generated it from the Subversion repository, but
Sourceforge withdrew that service).
Downloading From Subversion
The URL of the Xmlrpc-c Subversion repository is
http://svn.code.sf.net/p/xmlrpc-c/code. So to download
the current Advanced release:
svn checkout $REPOS xmlrpc-c
That puts the source tree in a directory called xmlrpc-c in
your current directory.
To download the current Stable release, replace "advanced" with
"stable" in the above command.
Downloading from Subversion is not a common way to get a release of
software, but it is very easy. You need a Subversion client program
to do it, but even that is not hard to get, and you may well find
other uses for a Subversion client later.
If you don't even know what Subversion is: It's a
replacement for CVS. If you don't know what CVS is: It's a system
designed for tracking changes to code as people develop it.
Subversion is primarily intended to be used by developers, but works
well as a release tool as well.
If you need a tarball of an Xmlrpc-c release, it is not hard to
write a program to extract it from Subversion (use a Subversion export
command) and generate the tarball from that.
The reason Xmlrpc-c uses this nontraditional method of distributing
code is that it saves work for the Xmlrpc-c maintainer. In some cases,
it shifts work from the maintainer to the user. In others, it actually
If you don't have Subversion installed on your system (type
svn at a shell prompt to find out), see Getting Subversion for information on
You can browse the source code one file at a time with
Many system packagers (OS suppliers) provide pre-built (binary)
packages. They're typically made from older source code and have more
bugs, but it is usually far easier to install one of these than to build
System packagers typically separate XML-RPC For C/C++ (like any other
programming library facility) into two packages: one to be installed on your
system if you want to run programs that use Xmlrpc-c, and another for you to
install if you want to build programs to use Xmlrpc-c. The second one is
typically called the "development" package and has a package name
that ends in "-devel'.
The main package includes the library binaries, such as libxmlrpc.so,
and because it is a prerequisite of other packages, may be already installed
on your system. The development package includes header files such as
client.h and is unlikely to be installed unless you explicitly
Some distributors break XML-RPC For C/C++ down even further, for example
a run time package for XML-RPC clients and another run-time package for
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