2.2. Download using SmartGit (Developer)


Before following this guide, you are highly advised to go through the Github Basics section to get up to speed with the usage of GitHub.

2.2.1. Setup SmartGit

Step 1.1: Download SmartGit
Download SmartGit for your operating system here . Note that for Linux the package might be available through your package manager, see Linux/Debian instructions. Note that SmartGit comes bundled with JRE (java runtime environment) on Windows and Mac OS X. On Linux you need to install jre-openjdk.
Step 1.2: Install SmartGit
The installation should be straight-forward and the default installation is fine.
Step 1.3: Launch SmartGit
At the end of the installation you will be prompted to launch SmartGit. A shortcut should have been added to your program list.
Step 1.4: Choose a license type
SmartGit is free for non-commercial use. On first launch SmartGit will ask you to accept EULA and choose a license type. Choose non-commercial if you are planning to use SmartGit non-commercially (like for Tudat). You will be asked to confirm your choice.
Step 1.5: Fill in your user information
Please fill in your username and e-mail address. This information will be used to attribute you when you commit code changes.
Step 1.6: Complete the configuration
The next two steps can be left as default. If you already have a GitHub account you can link this to SmartGit. This can however be easily done later too.

2.2.2. Create a GitHub account

Create a GitHub account if you haven’t done so yet. A GitHub account is completely free and provides you with hosting for your software projects. It also allows you to fork other repositories to create your own improved version of a piece of code.

Step 2.1: Sign-up for a GitHub account
As a student you can upgrade your free account to a personal account (normally $7/month). With a personal account you can have unlimited private repositories. Private repositories can be very helpful when developing new unreleased programs and/or writing your thesis.

Step 2.2: Apply for a free account upgrade

Applying for the free upgrade is easily done via this link and tick boxes: Student and Individual account. Then enter the requested information.

2.2.3. Clone the Tudat Bundle and

Open SmartGit and click Repository and Clone. Set the remote url to the Tudat Bundle repository: https://github.com/tudat/tudatBundle.git . Leave the other options default, unless you know what you’re doing.


It is good practice to avoid long paths and names with special characters (preferably also no spaces). Pick something short and sensible. Especially If you are working on a Windows system, it is recommended that you place the Tudat Bundle directly in your C:drive, to avoid problems with filepath lengths.

Congratulations! You have now downloaded the tudatBundel. You can now head to the Configure Tudat Libraries guide to configure the bundled libraries correctly and build them.