HOWTO use ns-3 on Windows with Visual Studio 2010

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Installation & Usage for NS3 on Windows


  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or Microsoft Windows XP

Note: By default the /MP compiler option is set to 30 reduce build time. However, this setting can significantly impact the performance of your system if processor and memory resources are limited. Please remove this option or reduce the number from 30 , based on your system's capabilities. For more on the MP option visit this link

Here is a youtube video showing how to locate the MP option


First Build

Currently the Visual Studio Solution is organized into two project. This organization is liable to change in the upcoming releases

  1. Main project: Containing the Windows GUI components, the examples folder and the folder where your scripts may go.The output of this project is the ns3Main.exe executable.
  2. ns-3-dev-lib project: Containing the "src" folder from the parent ns-3 project.The output of this project is the "ns-3-dev-lib.lib" static library which the "Main" project will link into

The steps to build the ns3Main.exe executable are as follows

  1. Open the "ns-3-dev.sln" Visual studio 2010 solution file by double-clicking it.
  2. Once the entire solution is opened, right-click the "ns-3-dev-lib" project and select the "build" option.

Adding your code