Installing SuperCollider on Linux in 2020

These are short notes on installing SuperCollider from source on a debian-based Linux distro … in 2020.

Download sources

Download source from an official release from github: – grab the one. Also grab corresponding SC3-plugins at

un-tar-bzip them with:

Prepare system for compilation

Install all dependencies for your system (some instructions are also here: :


Go to the folder with source, create a build folder, and cd to it:

Configure make (cmake)

Start compilation (-j 12 argument means how many (12) paralel cores can make use. also lotsa warnings but if you don’t end up with ‘Build failed’, then build was successful):

Now create a deb with checkinstall (change last part of pkgversion appropriately):

SC3 plugins

Similarly untar, configure and compile sc3-plugins (adjust USERNAME and pkgversion):


Remove previous installation of SuperCollider and plugins first:

Install the debs: