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The primary URL for tucnak downloading is .

Download first source code or binary packages of Tucnak. There are maybe binary packages for your distribution but it can be out of date.

Tucnak requires glib 2 library. It's probably part of your distribution. If you want to compile Tucnak from source code you must have installed development version of glib library too (devel package - libglib2.0-dev*.deb (Debian), glib-devel*.rpm (RedHat), libglib2.0*.rpm (Mandrake)). The library you can download from (not :-)

Since 2.0 it's mandatory to have installed SDL library (if you can compile it from source code you must have install devel packages too - libsdl1.2-dev*.deb (Debian), SDL-devel-1.2*.rpm (RedHat), libSDL1.2-devel*.rpm (Mandrake).

Installation from source code

Installation from source code is universal way to install program. There must be installed developments tools for C language on your PC.

tar xzf tucnak2-2.07.tar.gz
cd tucnak2-2.07
make install

Program is normally installed into directory /usr/local/bin. Maybe you will need to add path to Tucnak binary. You can add line export HOME=/usr/local/bin:$HOME to end of file /etc/rc.local in bash shell and then restart rc.local (or restart system).

Configuration files are allways saved in ~/tucnak directory.

Install on Debian

All examples are for AMD64 architecture. I you use other replace "amd64" with "i386" or "armhf".


Simplest way is to add lines

deb [trusted=yes] binary-amd64/
deb-src [trusted=yes] source/

to your /etc/apt/sources.list . After it use

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libzia tucnak

On Debian 9 Stretch, there is libpng version 1.6. But Tucnak is compiled against 1.2. There is no transitional package, you have to install libpng 1.2 from Jessie.

Download manually and install

Download packages libzia-4.09*_amd64.deb and tucnak-4.09*_amd64.deb. Install they by command:

dpkg --install libzia-4.09*_amd64.deb tucnak-4.09*_amd64.deb

Download sources and create package

If binary package doesn't present, create them by extracting source code by commnad:

make deb

Install on Ubuntu

Debian packages can either be installed from the sources (same as Debian section above). Alternatively, they can be installed with gdebi. You may need to install gdebi from the Ubuntu Software Centre. Download the latest deb-file from Use tucnak2-*_i386.deb for a 32-bit system, tucnak2-*_amd64.deb for a 64-bit system.

Start gdebi, e. g. by command:


Open the file tucnak2-*.deb. Ignore the recommendation to install an older version from a software channel. Then click on "Install Package".

Install on RedHat like distribution

Download package tucnak2-2.07*.i386.rpm, and install it by command:

rpm -i tucnak2-2.07*.i386.rpm

If rpm binary package doesn't exists, create them by extracting source code and execute commnads: (you must install package rpm-build first on Mandrake)

make rpm

Source package RPM (SRPM) you can create by:

make srpm

Files are saved in /usr/src/[redhat|RPM|packages|rpm]/* (depending on your distribution). Is necessary to have a write right to this directory.

Remark: Creating RPM packages isn't perfectly tested. If you have any question for function or you know how to fix any mistake then write me, please.

Install on Gentoo

You can find Tucnak also on Gentoo Linux. You can find it in the portage main tree in category media-radio.

Just use

 emerge -av tucnak2

to build it for your system. You can set USE-flags 'alsa', 'ftdi', 'gpm' and 'hamlib' to enable the support for Audio I/O via Alsa, USB support for coming DAVAC-4 device, console based mouse-driver and hamlib support.

At the moment it only supports x86 and amd64 architectures. If you want to use it on other architectures (ppc, ...) please contact me by mail.


Install on Arch Linux

You can build the AUR packages libzia and tucnak

Install on openSUSE

openSUSE users can find rpm packages here Even simpler, search for "tucnak" at and follow the instructions for 1-click installation.

Install on Asus EEE laptop

Asus EEE is using Xandros, which is commercial fork of Debian. Unfortunately used Xandros version corresponds with Debian Etch but current DEB's are build under Squeeze. So I create, time after time, binary for EEE. It is compiled without libraries that are uncommon here. Namely libgpm (here is no virtual console) and libftdi (EEE is expected to use without rig control).

Go to and copy location of tucnak3-eee-3.14.tar.gz . Press Ctrl+Alt+T to run terminal and type:

/home/user> wget
/home/user> tar xvzf tucnak2-eee-3.14.tar.gz
/home/user> tucnak/tucnak

That's all !

If you wish to create the eee package, look at script in tucnak sources. You must run it under Debian Etch i386.

Tip: Look at for more info about EEE.

Many thanks to Zdenek OK1VKZ for lending of laptop.

Compile on Ubuntu "Karmic" (9.10)

Install on Ubuntu "Jaunty" (9.04)

Install on Ubuntu "Intrepid" (8.10)

Compile on Ubuntu 'Hardy' (8.04 LTS)