Build from source

If you want to contribute to Hidet, or you encountered any problem installing hidet via pip, it is better to install hidet from source.

Clone the code

First clone the repository to local:

$ git clone

Build shared libraries

The runtime library is written in C++ and compiled into a shared library. To build the shared library, you need to have a C++ compiler installed (as well as build tools like cmake, and make). The following command will build the shared library:

$ cd hidet
$ mkdir build
$ cd build
$ cp ../config.cmake .  # copy the cmake config to build directory
$ cmake ..
$ make -j4

After building, you could find two libraries and under build/lib directory.

Update environment variables

To allow Python interpreter to find hidet package under python directory of the repository, we should append the directory to PYTHONPATH variable. To allow the system find the shared libraries we built in the previous step, we should append build/lib directory to LD_LIBRARY_PATH variable.

$ export HIDET_HOME=<The Path to Hidet Repo>

To avoid repeating above commands, it is recommended to put above commands to your shell’s initialization script (e.g., ~/.bashrc for Bash and ~/.zshrc for Zsh).


To make sure we have successfully installed hidet, run the following command in a new shell:

$ python -c "import hidet"

If no error reports, then hidet has been successfully installed on your computer.