Installing beta versions

Orbiter development snapshots are occasionally posted to a subversion (SVN) repository. To try the bleeding edge of Orbiter, check out the latest version from SVN.

  • You need an SVN client installed on your system. On Windows, Tortoise SVN is a popular choice.
  • Create a directory for your beta installation (it is strongly recommended not to install the beta version into an existing Orbiter 2016 installation directory).
  • Check out the head revision from svn://orbiter-forum.com/orbiter. If you are using Tortoise SVN, the easiest way to do this is via the File Explorer context menu:
    • Open the File Explorer, and navigate to the beta directory you created.
    • Right-click in the empty directory display, and select "SVN Checkout..."
    • In the checkout dialog, set "svn://orbiter-forum.com/orbiter" as the URL of the repository.
    • Make sure the checkout target directory is correct.
    • Set Checkout Depth to Fully recursive.
    • Make sure the HEAD revision is selected.
    • Click OK, and wait for the SVN download to finish.
  • In the future, you can update you beta installation by clicking "SVN update ..." from the Explorer context menu in the Orbiter beta directory.
  • Note that the texture maps for most of the planetary bodies are not included in the SVN repository. You need to install those separately. The easiest way is to re-use the texture directory from an existing Orbiter 2016 installation:
    • If you haven't done so yet, install Orbiter 2016, and optionally the high-resolution texture packs.
    • In your Orbiter Beta installation directory, open Orbiter.cfg in a text editor If this file doesn't exist, just launch orbiter.exe and close it again. This will generate a default Orbiter.cfg.
    • Add the line
      TextureDir = <path-to-Orbiter2016>\Textures\",
      where <path-to-Orbiter2016> is the full path to your Orbiter2016 root installation directory.

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