With version 4.8.0, Metview is being built by default with ecCodes instead of GRIB-API for GRIB handling. See November synchronised release news item for more information.


From version 4.5, Metview uses CMake for its compilation and installation. This is part of the process of homogenising the installation procedures for all ECMWF packages.

Requirements to build Metview

The following table lists the dependencies Metview requires to be built from source. Please note, if you install these package from source you also might have to install the respective "-devel" packages.




Third party packages

(best installed through system package manager)


if Metview's user interface is required (version 4.6.2 or later of Qt is needed).

Note that on some systems it is also necessary to install the libQtWebKit-devel development package (it may have different names on different systems)

ImageMagickhttp://www.imagemagick.org/script/index.phpif Metview's user interface is required
projhttp://trac.osgeo.org/proj/if OPERA radar data support is required
netcdf 4http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/software/netcdf/

Please note: You also need to install the legacy C++ interface and HDF5

curl Optional for web services support (WMS, Download module)
ECMWF libraries
grib-apiGRIB-API HomeAlternatively you can use ecCodes
odb-apiODB-API Homeif ODB support needed
magicsMagicsif plotting support is needed. Note that Magics should be configured with the -DENABLE_METVIEW=ON option.

For a 'pure batch' installation of Metview with no user interface, it is possible to supply Magics with the option -DENABLE_METVIEW_NO_QT=ON


CMake options used in Metview

CMake options are passed to the cmake command by prefixing them with -D, for example -DENABLE_UI=OFF.

CMake option
ENABLE_UIenables the Qt-based user interfaceON

build the Qt user interface using Qt5 libraries
(also requires that Magics is built with this option enabled)
might require the flag: -DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=/path/to/qt5/

ENABLE_PLOTTINGenables plotting capabilities using MagicsON
ENABLE_OPERA_RADARenables the Opera Radar Filter module (requires the proj4 library and headers)OFF
ENABLE_MARSenables MARS access (not required if using through the Web API)OFF
MARS_LOCAL_HOMEsets the path to where local MARS is installed 
ENABLE_ECCODESEnables ecCodes being used instead of GRIB_API. We recommend
to use ecCodes, but if require GRIB-API you can set this to OFF.
ENABLE_ODBenables processing and plotting of ODB dataOFF
ENABLE_MARS_ODBenables ODB capabilities in MARS clientOFF
ENABLE_USAGE_LOGenables logging of Metview startup callsOFF
LOG_DIRpath to where to log the Metview startup calls 
METVIEW_SCRIPTname of the generated Metview startup scriptmetview
EXTRA_CONFIG_PATHpath to optional directory containing metview_local* script files 
ENABLE_QT_DEBUGoutputs additional log messages from Qt-based modulesOFF
EXTRA_TITLEbuild-specific title to add to the log entries 
ENABLE_INPEenables INPE modulesON
Path options - only required when support libraries are not installed in default locations
CMake OptionDescriptionNotes
ECCODES_PATHpath to where ecCodes has been installed 
GRIB_API_PATHpath to where GRIB_API has been installed 
MAGICS_PATHpath to where Magics has been installedOnly required if plotting is enabled
NETCDF_PATHpath to where netCDF has been installed 
ODB_API_PATHpath to where ODB_API has been installedOnly required if ODB is enabled
ODB_PATHpath to where the original ODB has been installedOptional if ODB is enabled
EMOS_PATHpath to where Emoslib has been installedAlso set EMOS_LIB_NAME
FDB_PATHpath to where fdb has been installedOnly required if MARS is enabled
PROJ4_PATHpath to where proj4 has been installedOnly required if OPERA Radar is enabled
FLEXTRA_PATHpath to where the FLEXTRA executable has been installedSee Tutorials for more on FLEXTRA

Notes for installers of Metview 3

If you have installed Metview 3 before, then here are some things to note. Metview 4 does not use directly OpenGL for its on-screen graphics; therefore, it is not necessary to build your own Mesa library anymore. However, Metview 4 does not come with its own Emoslib; therefore, it will be necessary to install your own.

Metview 4 can be installed side-by-side with an existing Metview 3 installation. However, note that the default startup script will be


so make sure this will not clash with an existing installation. See the table of CMake options for the flag which will allow you to change this.


See also the Installation FAQ.