BBBike - a route-finder for cyclists in Berlin and Brandenburg


You can check on for prebuilt BBBike packages (Windows, some Linux distributions, MacOSX, FreeBSD).

The following installation steps are necessary only for installing BBBike from source.


All systems except Windows


You can find the newest source distribution file of BBBike in the directory . The current source version is .


For FreeBSD there is a port for BBBike in the category german. For older versions of FreeBSD, you can find the port at To install the application via the ports system type:

	cd /usr/ports/german/BBBike
	make all install

If you don't have the BBBike port, you can install BBBike like in other UNIX's.

Linux, Solaris, other UNIX operating systems

First, you have to install perl. Most operating systems have perl already bundled. You can check with

	perl -v

whether and which version of perl is installed. Otherwise you can find perl at All perl versions starting from 5.8.9 are supported, maybe it works even with older perls (down to 5.005).

Next step is to extract the BBBike distribution:

	zcat BBBike-3.18.tar.gz | tar xfv -

If perl/Tk (the recommended version is the latest one, currently 804.034) is not installed: type as super user:

        cd BBBike-3.18
	perl -I`pwd` -MCPAN -e shell
	force install Bundle::BBBike_small

Perl/Tk will be fetched over the internet, get compiled and installed. "force" is needed because some modules (especially Tk) have expected test failures and therefore would not be installed. If you have problems, especially with the internet connection, then you should follow the instructions in

	perldoc perlmodinstall

on how to install a perl module manually (in this case: the Tk module).

After that, you can start the program with

	perl bbbike

To compile some XS modules (this is optional and needs a C compiler) and install the panel entry for KDE/GNOME, type:




You can also use Bundle::BBBike instead of Bundle::BBBike_small. This will install more Perl modules, some of them only useable for the development, but some of them enabling more features of BBBike.

If you choose to not use "perl", but you want to compile and install the XS modules for better performance, then you have to execute

	make ext

This requires the perl module Inline::C.

Mac OS X

Mac OS X comes already with perl 5.8.x. Now you just need XDarwin and Perl/Tk to get BBBike running. For instructions how to setup Perl/Tk on Mac OS X refer to the newsgroup (see

The following instructions are from Wolfram Kroll:

Get and (from perl-5.8.4-stable.tar.gz, Tk-804.027.tar.gz

  1. Perl configured to use dynamic libraries:

     # sh Configure -des -Duseshrplib
     # make
     # make test
     # sudo make install

    --> /usr/local/ is the default (the original Perl is preserved)

  2. Tk: that is not a Aqua-Tk, but rather is for X11, but...

     # make

    in an X11 window: # make test

     sudo make install
  3. bbbike under X11


To compile bbbike under X11 the "Xcode" development tools are needed. These can be found either on a CD-ROM of the same name (for older Macs) or in the Applications folder under Installers/Xcode Tools/Developer.mpkg (for newer Macs).

An X11 environment or Darwin environment is also required (package X11SDK).

Mac OS Classic is not supported.

Windows 95/98/2000/NT/XP/Vista/7/8

Normal installation

BBBike and Perl need approx. 32 MB hard disk space.

Download the file and just start it for the installation program.

Alternative Windows Installation (1)

As an alternative, you can install BBBike just with the sources. Steps for Windows 95/98/2000/NT/XP users:

Alternative Windows Installation (2)

If you have Cygwin ( installed, you can start a cygwin shell and follow the UNIX instructions.

Alternative Windows Installation (3)

For very old systems (Windows95, 98) you can download an older distribution with Tk included:

You have to extract this file with WinZip or gunzip+tar. In the extracted directory, there will be the installation program install.bat. Call this program in the MSDOS prompt and follow the instructions.

If you're using this old version of perl (5.004_02), you also need an old version of BBBike, at least older than version 3.00.

Windows 3.1

Windows 3.1 is not supported anymore. Older BBBike versions (for example 2.x) have instructions on how to use BBBike under Windows 3.1.


Perl/Tk version

To execute BBBike on Unix, change to the bbbike directory and type

	perl bbbike

in the shell. With a full KDE/GNOME installation, there is an icon in the application menu item of the start menu. On Windows, there is a start menu entry for BBBike.

To switch the English language support, please set the LC_ALL, LC_MESSAGES, or LANG environment variables to "en" or something similar (for FreeBSD and Linux, this is "en_US.UTF-8"). For Unix, this can be done with

	env LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8 perl bbbike

Some versions of BBBike are tested with: Linux (Debian jessie, Debian wheezy, Debian squeeze, Debian etch, Ubuntu 12.04, CentOS, Suse 7.0 und 6.4, Red Hat 8.0), FreeBSD (Version 10.0, 9.2, 9.1, 9.0, 8.0, 6.1, 4.9, 4.6, 3.5), Windows (Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, NT 4.0, 98, 95), MacOSX (10.4, 10.5 ...), Solaris (Version 8 und 2.5). The development machines run with Debian/jessie and FreeBSD.

WWW version

There is a simple cgi version at

More information for the CGI version at:



The current BBBike development may be tracked via git.

To fetch the git repository type the following in the command line:

    git clone git://

to update the next time

    cd bbbike
    git pull

The git repository is frequently updated and also contains the current data.

Application update

It is also possible to download a current snapshot using the URL

Data update

To update only the data part of BBBike, just download the current data as a ZIP file from The ZIP file has to be extracted in the BBBike program directory (Windows: in C:\Programme\BBBike\bbbike).

The data may also be updated within the Perl/Tk application, using the menu item Settings > Data update over internet.


The documentation can be accessed in pod format (bbbike.pod) or in html format (bbbike.html). You can read the pod version with tkpod, perldoc or from bbbike (if Tk::Pod is installed).


The most important parts of the application (bbbike, cgi/bbbike.cgi, and Strassen/ and the data in the subdirectory data are released unter the GPL. The other files can be redristibuted either under the Artistic License or the GPL. Please refer to the source files.

Some module und files from other authors are included in this distribution: lib/ by Michael G Schwern, lib/Text/ by Taisuke Yamada, lib/ by Zenin, ext/Strassen-Inline/heap.[ch] by Internet Software Consortium, ext/BBBikeXS/sqrt.c by Eyal Lebedinsky. contains a partial Strawberry Perl distribution, see


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