Ways to download and install the software

The options, in order of preference, are:


The best option is available on Windows 10. This is the bash shell, which is available (currently in beta version) in Windows 10. It provides a linux command line environment. This was produced by Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu, so it is very close to an Ubuntu linux environment.

On older Windows machines linux software can be run using Installing under Cygwin. Unless you have already installed Cygwin and are familiar with it this is not recommended.

Step-by-Step installation using the bash shell

If you haven’t done so already, install the bash shell following the instructions from the Microsoft bash shell page. We also recommend these instructions from How-To Geek.

Open a bash window.

Install some necessary software. After the first call of sudo apt-get install you need to type your password. (Depending on how you installed the bash shell you might not need to use sudo.):

sudo apt-get install git
sudo apt-get install make
sudo apt-get install g++
sudo apt-get install bison
sudo apt-get install libreadline-dev
sudo apt-get install emacs (or your favorite text editor)

The remainder of the process follows the standard linux process. See Linux (and Solaris) for details. Briefly:

Download the source code:

Version 1.0 atlas_1.0.tgz source code for Fokko and atlas including messages and atlas-scripts

Unpack the file:

tar xvf atlas_1.0.tgz

Go into the proper directory and type make:

cd atlasofliegroups

Follow the instructions in Linux (and Solaris).

Installing under Cygwin

Download Cygwin. See the Cygwin web page.

Install cygwin: Double-click on setup.exe to run it. At the package menu choose at least the following packages:

  • gcc/g++ (version 4x)
  • make
  • bison
  • libncurses-devel
  • libstdc++6-devel
  • readline
  • git

Next, open a cygwin terminal by double-clicking on the icon. You are now in a linux-like environment.

The remainder of the process follows the standard linux process, similar to the procedure under bash. See Linux (and Solaris) for details.

Using Docker

The preferred method is to compile the software from source.

The next choice is using the Docker container system.

This installs a container, which is a self-contained linux environment (similar to a virtual machine) and runs the software in the container. This is less dependent on the details of your system, and is a good option of you have trouble compiling the software yourself. It requires adminsitrative privileges, so is mainly used for personal machines, and not instutional machines under the control of a system administrator.

Install docker (community version) for your system from Double click on the file to install it. This requires typing your password.

Open a command window and give the command

docker run -it jeffreyadams/atlasofliegroups

to download the software and run it (it launches atlas and read in the fill The first time you do this it takes up to a few minutes. Subsequent times it is much faster.

Download and Install an executable

The best method is to compile from source. As a backup option you can download and install an executable file.

Download a copy of the executable, and the atlas-scripts directory here:

Windows compiled atlas_windows_pre_1.0.tar executable, and messages atlas-scripts directories

Double click on the file and extract the software. This will create a folder atlas_windows_pre_1.0. Double click on the folder, and then on the atlas icon. Then do


to load the scripts.

Note: using this option readline (command line tools) will not work. For this reason this is the least desirable option.