Howto build

Fetch sources

Check out the ZRouter source code with Mercurial hg or by fetching the latest ZRouter sources (as zip)

For this tutorial we expect you check out / unpack the sources to /projects/ZRouter/zrouter.

For now you also need our patched FreeBSD sources. We work on getting this patches back to official FreeBSD-HEAD, so one day this step will be obsolete.

Get it via Mercurial or by fetching ZRouter's patched FreeBSD sources

For this tutorial we expect you check out / unpack the modified FreeBSD sources to /projects/ZRouter/FreeBSD.


For this tutorial we expect you want to build a firmware for a device from vendor D-Link, the model is DIR-320 (see Supported devices).

Watch out for the host having settings in /etc/make.conf or /etc/src.conf that might influence the ZRouter build. It is recommended to set __MAKE_CONF and SRCCONF to /dev/null in order to make the build process ignore any host settings.

As root do:

cd /projects/ZRouter/zrouter
env __MAKE_CONF=/dev/null SRCCONF=/dev/null make FREEBSD_SRC_TREE=/projects/ZRouter/FreeBSD/head TARGET_PAIR=D-Link/DIR-320

Customize the build

You can create the file Makefile.local.opts in your ZRouter's home with predefined variables, so you can skip to specify them with every make run:

e.g. /projects/ZRouter/zrouter/Makefile.local.opts


# override default /usr/obj


Now just run make.
If you want to have ability to override that variable, assign it with ?=,
this will allow you to set variable at make(1) command line.

For example, very useful to have TARGET_PAIR override-able, then you
will be able build image for different devices by call make(1) with
additional variable TARGET_PAIR=other/device. So place into
Makefile.local.opts following line:


and now if you run make(1) w/o variables you will have image for D-Link DIR-320.
But if you run make TARGET_PAIR?=D-Link/DIR-620, you will have image for DIR-620.