3. Windows

The easiest way to install Zebra on Windows is by downloading an installer from here. The installer comes with source too - in case you wish to compile Zebra with different Compiler options.

Zebra is shipped with "makefiles" for the NMAKE tool that comes with Microsoft Visual C++. Version 2013 has been tested.

Start a command prompt and switch the sub directory WIN where the file makefile is located. Customize the installation by editing the makefile file (for example by using notepad). The following summarizes the most important settings in that file:


If set to 1, the software is compiled with debugging libraries (code generation is multi-threaded debug DLL). If set to 0, the software is compiled with release libraries (code generation is multi-threaded DLL).


Directory of YAZ source. Zebra's makefile expects to find YAZ.lib, YAZ.dll in yazdir/lib and yazdir/bin respectively.


If HAVE_EXPAT is set to 1, Zebra is compiled with Expat support. In this configuration, set ZEBRA_DIR to the Expat source directory. Windows version of Expat can be downloaded from SourceForge.


Define these symbols if Zebra is to be compiled with BZIP2 record compression support.


The DEBUG setting in the makefile for Zebra must be set to the same value as DEBUG setting in the makefile for YAZ. If not, the Zebra server/indexer will crash.

When satisfied with the settings in the makefile, type



If the nmake command is not found on your system you probably haven't defined the environment variables required to use that tool. To fix that, find and run the batch file vcvars32.bat. You need to run it from within the command prompt or set the environment variables "globally"; otherwise it doesn't work.

If you wish to recompile Zebra - for example if you modify settings in the makefile you can delete object files, etc by running.

     nmake clean

The following files are generated upon successful compilation:


The Zebra indexer.


The Zebra server.