Setup of ChibiStudio

How to setup ChibiStudio

How to

  1. Get the last ChibiStudio from the Official page of ChibiStudio
  2. Extract the files under C:\ using 7zip
  3. Copy the link “Chibi Studio GCC x.x” on the desktop and use it to launch the toolchain.

Disclaimer: The following video has been recorded when the latest version of ChibiStudio was ChibiStudio Preview 21. It is still a good reference but there will be some differences from your setup.

Requirements

  • Windows 7 or Higher with Administration Rights
  • Java 64-bit (ChibiStudio 2020-03 or higher), Java 32-bit (ChibiStudio Preview 21 or older)
  • The latest version of 7-zip
  • Uninstall all the antiviruses and enable Windows Defender

Typical mistakes

Not using the latest version of 7zip

Symptom: ChibiStudio doesn’t start or it starts but the workspace configurations are corrupted and/or building project fails.

Cause: ChibiStudio is packed as .7z, an opensource algorithm from 7zip. If you use an outdated version of 7zip or another extractor the the extracted file may be corrupted.

Solution: Delete the folder C:\ChibiStudio, update to the latest version of 7zip and re-extract.

Wrong extraction path

Symptom: ChibiStudio doesn’t start or it starts but the workspace configurations are corrupted and/or building project fails.

Cause: The path C:\ChibiStudio is hardcoded into some of the workspace configurations.

Solution: Re-extract the toolchain ensuring that the its file are placed in C:\ChibiStudio

Java not installed or wrong version of Java

Symptom: ChibiStudio doesn’t start and the error message about missing JDK or JRE prompt

Cause: Java missing or wrong version of java installed.

Solution: Install Java 64-bit for ChibiStudio 2020-03 or higher, or Java 32-bit for ChibiStudio Preview 21 or older and relaunch

Nosy Antivirus

Symptom: ChibiStudio doesn’t start or it starts but the workspace configurations are corrupted and/or building project fails. It may happen that ChibiStudio works at first and after some time doesn’t anymore.

Cause: The antivirus quarantined file during the extraction or during a scan. Some compiler’s executables are anonym file with no icon and no metadata and some antivirus consider these files as threats. ChibiStudio is done with widely used opensource SW and there are no viruses in here.

Solution: Be sure your antivirus isn’t messing with ChibiStudio files. It may be necessary to uninstall the antivirus when this ignores the exception and continues to interfere with ChibiStudio

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