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Build from scratch

The following instructions describe how to build DAOS from source code. The following steps are required:

  1. Download Source Code
  2. Install Prerequisites
  3. Build DAOS
  4. Environment Setup

The approximate time to read and execute the steps on this guide is approximately 25 minutes per OS.

Download Source Code

Download DAOS source code using the following command:

The DAOS repository is hosted on GitHub.

To checkout the 2.0 version, simply run:

$ git clone --recurse-submodules -b release/2.0
$ cd daos

This command clones the DAOS git repository (path referred as ${daospath} below) and initializes all the submodules automatically.

Install Prerequisites

To build DAOS and its dependencies, several software packages must be installed on the system. This includes scons, libuuid, cmocka, ipmctl, and several other packages usually available on all the Linux distributions. Moreover, a Go version of at least 1.10 is required.

Some DAOS tests use MPI. The DAOS build process uses the environment modules package to detect the presence of MPI. If none is found, the build will skip building those tests.

Scripts to install all the required packages are provided for each supported distribution.

EL (including CentOS)

On CentOS7, please run the following command from the DAOS tree as root or via sudo.

$ ./utils/scripts/

For EL8, the following script must be used instead:

$ ./utils/scripts/


For openSUSE, the following command should be executed as root or via sudo:

$ ./utils/scripts/


As for Ubuntu, please run the following script as the root user or via sudo:

$ ./utils/scripts/

Build DAOS

Once all prerequisites installed and the sources are downloaded, DAOS can be built via the following command:

$ scons-3 --config=force --build-deps=yes install

By default, DAOS and its dependencies are installed under the install directory. The installation path can be modified by adding the PREFIX= option to the above command line (e.g., PREFIX=/usr/local).


Several parameters can be set (e.g., COMPILER=clang or COMPILER=icc) on the scons command line. Please see scons-3 --help for all the possible options. Those options are also saved for future compilations.

Environment setup

Once built, the environment must be modified to search for binaries and header files in the installation path. This step is not required if standard locations (e.g. /bin, /sbin, /usr/lib, ...) are used.

$ export CPATH=${daospath}/install/include/:$CPATH
$ export PATH=${daospath}/install/bin/:${daospath}/install/sbin:$PATH

If using bash, PATH can be set up for you after a build by sourcing the script utils/sl/ from the daos root. This script utilizes a file generated by the build to determine the location of daos and its dependencies.

If required, ${daospath}/install must be replaced with the alternative path specified through PREFIX.

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