MinGW as build-environment for native Windows Applications

It is possible to complie open source software like „PuTTY“ using the famous gcc open source compiler.

Choose your favourite MinGW „distribution“

There are several  „distribution“-like packages available on the web.

I found https://sourceforge.net/projects/mingw-w64/files/Toolchains%20targetting%20Win32/Personal%20Builds/mingw-builds/installer/mingw-w64-install.exe/download which worked „out of the box“.

Install MinGw

Just a few settings to think about, I chose:

I changed from the default-settings:

  • Version:8.1.0
  • Architecture:i686
  • Threads:posix
  • Exception:dwarf
  • Build Revision:0


  • Architecture:x86_64
  • Threads:win32
  • Exception:seh

Check the Windows „PATH“-Environment Variable

I should contain C:\\Program Files\\mingw-w64\\x86\_64-8.1.0-win32-seh-rt\_v6-rev0\\mingw64\\bin

Run a „MinGW-Terminal“

Using the following shortcut

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