Getting started

Binaries for Menge will be available soon, but for now, you will need to Build Menge From Source.

Building Menge from Source [skip]

Clone Source

A zipped copy of the latest Master branch is available here, or you can keep your codebase up to date by cloning the source from our git repository.

To clone Menge's source, you will need to have git installed. navigate to a directory where you would like Menge, and execute the following command:

git clone

This will download Menge and the base set of pedestrian models and plugins.

Configure build environment

Build instructions vary by environment. Currently, Menge has been built on

Windows (Visual Studio)

Right now, your code-base should look something like this:

menge [root directory]

Navigate in the projects folder to your version of Visual Studio. Inside, you will find two projects. Menge.sln will contains the core Menge Framework, and Plugins.sln contains the set of example plugins. Build Menge first, then the plugins.


Menge requires g++, CMake, OpenGL, libsdl, and libpng installed. Navigate in the projects directory to the g++ directory. Type "make" and, if all goes well, Menge and the plugins will build.

These additional libraries may be needed depending on your version of linux. For each package, you will need the development version (suffixed with _devel, -dev, etc.):

libsdl-ttf   (version 2.0)
libsdl-image (version 1.2)

What if it didn't work?

We are aware of a few issues building the solutions, particularly in VS2012. Please email us at menge at and we will provide whatever help we can. As with any first release, we are sure to find bugs and will work proactively to fix them as soon as possible.

Running your first simulation

Now that Menge is built (or downloaded), we can run an experiment. In your system's shell environment, navigate to the newly created Exe directory in the root directory of your download. execute this command:

    menge.exe -p ..\exampes\core\headon.xml
    ./menge -p ../examples/core/headon.xml

With any luck, you should see an openGL window that looks something like this:

Menge FirstLaunch

Push spacebar and watch the agents trade places! You can press h to see the multitude of available interactive options.

All of the examples in the examples directory (in the root of your download) can be run in this way. Here are some more examples to get you started:

  1. ../examples/core/4square.xml
  2. ../examples/plugin/formationChange.xml (note you must build the formation plugin first)
  3. ../examples/core/sharedGoal.xml

or, you can run allExamples.bat ( from the executable directory to see everything available with the release.

Notable Issues

We have observed one pervasive issue in Menge\MengeCore\viewer\GLViewer.cpp. If you run the simulations, and find any and all text to be large grey boxes, comment out line 268.