Package Dependencies Required to Build Samba

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OS independent

Depending on your distribution, the package name of the following libraries and programs may differ. Typically they are labled with lib*-dev or lib*-devel. See Distribution specific package installation.


  • python
A good portion of Samba is written using python, including the build system itself (waf).
  • perl

(Recommended) Optional:

  • acl
Required for a successfull Samba AD DC deployment! On Member Servers it is required to use the complete set of Windows ACLs.
  • xattr
Required for a successfull Samba AD DC deployment! On Member Servers it is required to use the complete set of Windows ACLs.
  • python-crypto
Required by samba-tool, e. g. for creating trusts.
  • blkid
  • gnutls
  • readline
  • cups
Required for CUPS printer sharing support.
  • bsd or setproctitle
Required for process title updating support.
  • xsltproc / docbook
Required for building man pages and other documentation.
  • pam-devel or libpam0g-dev
Required to authenticate Domain users via PAM
  • openldap
Required to build the Samba NT4-style PDC components with LDAP support and Active Directory Member Server support. Also required for the Samba classicupgrade.

Distribution specific package installation

For a Samba Active Directory Domain Controller

The following examples will cover all of the required libraries and programs. It will also cover BIND, kerberos and file system tools. If you plan to use the internal DNS server, you do not need BIND, but you do still need the package that contains the „nsupdate“ binary.

Debian / Ubuntu

# apt-get install acl attr autoconf bison build-essential \
  debhelper dnsutils docbook-xml docbook-xsl flex gdb krb5-user \
  libacl1-dev libaio-dev libattr1-dev libblkid-dev libbsd-dev \
  libcap-dev libcups2-dev libgnutls-dev libjson-perl \
  libldap2-dev libncurses5-dev libpam0g-dev libparse-yapp-perl \
  libpopt-dev libreadline-dev perl perl-modules pkg-config \
  python-all-dev python-dev python-dnspython python-crypto \
  xsltproc zlib1g-dev
  libgnutls-dev has been replace by libgnutls28-dev on Debian 8 Jessie and Ubuntu >=14.04
  If you are building Samba on a system that uses systemd, you will also require the libsystemd-dev package
  If you are building Samba >= 4.5.0, you will also require libgpgme11-dev python-gpgme python-m2crypto


# yum install libacl-devel libblkid-devel gnutls-devel \
   readline-devel python-devel gdb pkgconfig libattr-devel \
   krb5-workstation python-crypto docbook-style-xsl openldap-devel

Red Hat Enterprise Linux / CentOS / Scientific Linux

 # yum install perl gcc attr libacl-devel libblkid-devel \
    gnutls-devel readline-devel python-devel gdb pkgconfig \
    krb5-workstation zlib-devel setroubleshoot-server libaio-devel \
    setroubleshoot-plugins policycoreutils-python \
    libsemanage-python perl-ExtUtils-MakeMaker perl-Parse-Yapp \
    perl-Test-Base popt-devel libxml2-devel libattr-devel \
    keyutils-libs-devel cups-devel bind-utils libxslt \
    docbook-style-xsl openldap-devel autoconf python-crypto pam-devel


# zypper install libacl-devel python-selinux autoconf make \
    python-devel gdb sqlite3-devel libgnutls-devel binutils \
    policycoreutils-python setools-libs selinux-policy \
    setools-libs popt-devel libpcap-devel keyutils-devel \
    libidn-devel libxml2-devel libacl-devel libsepol-devel \
    libattr-devel zlib-devel cyrus-sasl-devel gcc \
    krb5-client openldap2-devel libopenssl-devel\
    bind-utils bind-lib


Please note that the following sections assume at least an intermediate understanding of the Gentoo packaging system.


Gentoo uses Python 3 as the default python interpreter, but at this time Samba requires Python 2 (2.4.2 or later). The following set of commands will install and set up Python 2 as the default python interpreter.

# emerge --ask --noreplace '<dev-lang/python-3'
# eselect python set python2.7
# python-updater


On Gentoo, you have two choices for a kerberos implementation, app-crypt/mit-krb5 and app-crypt/heimdal. Unfortunately the two implementations can not be installed at the same time. Currently, the Samba only supports app-crypt/heimdal. So you must first uninstall app-crypt/mit-krb5, if installed. Then install app-crypt/heimdal and rebuild any packages that were using the previous kerberos implementation.

# emerge --unmerge --ask app-crypt/mit-krb5
# emerge --ask app-crypt/heimdal
# revdep-rebuild -- -ask


To enable automatic zone management, net-dns/bind and net-dns/bind-tools should be emerged with the USE flags for berkdb, dlz and gssapi set. To enable them permanently, add the following to /etc/package.use:

net-dns/bind berkdb dlz gssapi
net-dns/bind-tools gssapi

Then, emerge net-dns/bind:

# emerge --ask  net-dns/bind net-dns/bind-tools

Samba-supplied Libraries (tdb/ldb/tevent)

There are a few Samba libraries that need to be installed. Note that these packages might be keyworded as unstable, so you might need to add the following to your /etc/package.keywords:


Additionally, Samba requires sys-libs/tdb and sys-libs/talloc to be emerged with the USE flag python set. To enable this permanently, add the following to /etc/package.use:

sys-libs/tdb python
sys-libs/talloc python

Note: In new(er) installations of Gentoo, the above files will be located in /etc/portage/, i.e. /etc/portage/package.keywords and /etc/portage/package.use. They may be symlinked to /etc for backward compatibility.

Now, emerge the packages:

# emerge --ask '=sys-libs/talloc-2.0.7' '=sys-libs/tdb-1.2.10' '=sys-libs/tevent-0.9.17' '=sys-libs/ldb-1.1.12'

Note that ebuilds for the required versions of the above packages might not be availiable in the portage tree. In this case, check Gentoo's Bugzilla for updated ebuilds.

Other Misc. Build/Run Dependencies

To ensure a successful Samba 4 installation, there are a few other packages that should be installed, as shown below:

# emerge --ask net-libs/gnutls sys-apps/acl dev-libs/cyrus-sasl dev-python/subunit dev-python/dnspython net-dns/libidn 

FIXME: Are dev-python/dnspython net-dns/libidn still required?

For a Samba Member Server

Red Hat Enterprise Linux / CentOS / Scientific Linux

# yum install autoconf automake gcc gdb krb5-devel krb5-workstation \
   openldap-devel make pam-devel python-devel docbook-style-xsl \
   libacl-devel libattr-devel libxslt 

For a Samba NT4 PDC

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