Apsim may be built with the .NET SDK - currently version 3.1 is required. When building the solution, assemblies for all projects will be compiled to the bin/ directory. The exact location of a given file will depend upon how it is built - e.g. debug vs release configuration.

  1. Install the .NET Core 3.1 SDK. The dotnet-install script is a simple way to do this. Otherwise, consult this page

  2. Install required packages

    • libsqlite3-dev
    • git (required for obtaining the source code)
    • gtk-sharp3
    • libgtksourceview-4-0
    • dotnet-sdk-3.1
  3. Obtain source code

    git clone
  4. Build the solution

    dotnet build ApsimX.sln            # (debug mode)
    dotnet build -c Debug ApsimX.sln   # (debug mode)
    dotnet build -c Release ApsimX.sln # (release mode)
  5. Run apsim

    The outputs may be found under ApsimX/bin. If built in debug mode, they will be in bin/Debug/netcoreapp3.1/. If built in release mode, they will be in bin/Release/netcoreapp3.1/.

    The entrypoint program for the user interface is called ApsimNG.

    The CLI has two “main” entrypoints - Models and apsim. Models may be used to run .apsimx files. apsim accepts multiple verb arguments, but apsim run will function identically to an invocation of Models.

Common Problems

When running apsim:

System.DllNotFoundException: Unable to load shared library 'sqlite3' or one of its dependencies. In order to help diagnose loading problems, consider setting the LD_DEBUG environment variable: libsqlite3: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

This error can occur on Debian (and its derivatives) when the sqlite3 package is installed. This package typically provides a file named or similar, but apsim is looking for This file is provided by the libsqlite3-dev package, so installing this package should fix the problem. Otherwise, creating a symlink to called should also fix the problem.

When attempting to install apsim from our binary package:

E: Unable to locate package dotnet-runtime-3.1

This package is not included in the official Debian repositories. You will need to follow the instructions on this page to install the package from microsoft’s repositories.