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HowTo: Install Monodevelop 2 from SVN on Ubuntu 8.10 x64

by peterdk on February 17th, 2009

Update: Using mono from the PPA gives a mess, some dll’s don’t work, so I recommend compiling it all from source.

I really like C# and also love Ubuntu. Fortunately for me there is a nice IDE available for Mono called MonoDevelop. In this tutorial I’ll show how to install the svn version of it on Ubuntu 8.10 64bit. Well.. basically it’s more a reference for myself, so it’s not that clean and understandable. 🙂

Installing Mono 2.x

First of all we need a updated version of mono, since the one shipping with Ubuntu is out of date. We don’t need to compile anything since there is a nice and easy PPA available.

  • Create a new file “mono.list” in /etc/sources.list.d/ with the following contents:

deb intrepid main
deb-src intrepid main

  • Update the apt-cache and install the new mono.

“sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade”

sudo ln -s /usr/bin/mcs1 /bin/mcs
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/gmcs2 /bin/gmcs

That should do it for Mono.

Installing MonoDevelop from SVN

sudo apt-get build-dep monodevelop

sudo apt-get install subversion build-essential automake1.9 libgecko2.0-cil libmysql5.0-cil mono-debugger nunit-console2 libncurses5-dev

sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nunit-console /usr/bin/nunit-console2

compile & install mono-debugger from


svn co -r 127196 svn://
svn co svn://

cd monodevelop


select gecko, , database, profiling, codeanalysis, debugger, java, NOT boo, since it crashes with this revision.


sudo make install

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  1. Anton Bil permalink

    I followed you directions. nunit-console2 could not be found.
    I installed the monodevelop WITHOUT checking the debugger, and now it’s running fine.
    I had to change the ln anyway:
    sudo ln -s /usr/bin/mcs1 /usr/bin/mcs
    sudo ln -s /usr/bin/gmcs2 /usr/bin/gmcs
    (mind the /usr/bin instead of /bin!)
    But you helped me a lot; even monodevelop 2.0 without debugger is much better than monodevelop 1.0!

  2. Giuliano permalink

    Like post above i have to unchek monodebugger and nunit-console2 to install…

    Any suggestion to install also the debugger?

  3. peterdk permalink

    I had too much trouble with the stuff from the repository. I installed it completely from source. So I am sorry, can’t help you here.
    But now monodevelop 2.0 is released, I’ll guess they will have a fully functional package at or somewhere else now, or soon.
    Hope that will help you.

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