BURRTOOLS is an Open Source software project. The most recent release of the program is always available for free download at the BURRTOOLS website:
At the bottom of that page you can select the proper download for your operating system. This will bring you to the download page where you have to select a mirror site to start the downloading. It's highly recommended to select the mirror site on the server nearest to your location.
For Windows you will need to dowlonad the windows binary in a ZIP-archive. This way you can be sure that the program leaves no traces on your system when you delete it. After the installation you will need to add a start menu entry and file extension association on your own.
After installing BURRTOOLS the following files should be on your system:
ChangeLog. Here all (more or less important) changes to the different versions are collected in a comprehensive list. This is probably the place to look for what changed when downloading a new version. This file may be deleted to save on disk space.
Also a new folder,
examples, is created. This
subdirectory contains a few examples of existing puzzles that
illustrate the capabilities and functions of BURRTOOLS. A brief
overview of the examples is presented in the
For detailed installation instructions please refer to the manual or help files of your operating system.
There are no pre-compiled binaries for Linux available. You have to compile BURRTOOLS yourself. These installation instructions just contain some hints for the compilation of BURRTOOLS. As BURRTOOLS requires a not so widespread library it is not the easiest task to do this.
To install BURRTOOLS for UNIX you first need to make sure you have
the following libraries installed:
. These libraries are usually installed on every LINUX system. You just
have to make sure that you have installed the development packages,
otherwise it is not possible to compile a program that uses these
libraries, but just start programs that use them.
Additionally the following library is required:
Fltk is the library used for the GUI of BURRTOOLS. It
may be included in your LINUX distribution or it may not.
The problem is that we need a version of this library that is not
compiled with the default switches. This library must be compiled with
C++ exceptions enabled. If you don't do this the program will simply
shut down when an internal error occurs instead of displaying an error
message and making an emergency save. To compile
exceptions enabled you have to do the following:
configurejust as usual
-fno-exceptionsfrom the file
It is of course possible to use a normal version of the
library, you just don't get the emergency save feature if there is a
bug in the GUI of BURRTOOLS. But as the number of bugs is hopefully
quite small right now that should not be such a big problem.
Now BURRTOOLS can be compiled and installed the usual way with