Installing the ROSCO tools

Both the ROSCO controller and ROSCO toolbox should be installed if one wishes to leverage the full ROSCO toolchain. Of course, some users may only wish to download and install only the controller or the toolbox.

For users wishing to use just the ROSCO toolbox or the ROSCO toolbox and controller, please skip to the section on section Installing the ROSCO toolbox. Here we will provide the necessary steps to install the ROSCO toolbox and the ROSCO controller simultaneously. For users planning to only download and compile the ROSCO controller, please follow the instructions on Compiling ROSCO. For information on best practices to update to the most recent version of the ROSCO toolbox, see Updating the ROSCO Toolbox.

Compiling ROSCO

The standard ROSCO controller is based in Fortran and must be compiled; this code can be found at: Of course, the advanced user can compile the downloaded code using their own desired methods (e.g. Visual Studio). Otherwise, a few of the more common compiling methods are detailed on this page. Additionally, the most recent tagged version releases are available for download.

If one wishes to download the code via the command line, we provide two supported options. For non-developers (those not interested in modifying the source code), the controller can be downloaded via Anaconda. For developers, CMake can be used to compile the Fortran code.

Anaconda for non-developers:

For users familiar with Anaconda, ROSCO is available through the conda-forge channel. In order to download the most recently compiled version release, from an anaconda powershell (Windows) or terminal (Mac/Linux) window, create a new anaconda virtual environment:

conda config --add channels conda-forge
conda create -y --name rosco-env python=3.8
conda activate rosco-env

navigate to your desired folder to save the compiled binary using:

cd <my_desired_folder>

and download the controller:

conda install -y ROSCO

This will download a compiled ROSCO binary file into the default filepath for any dynamic libraries downloaded via anaconda while in the ROSCO-env. The ROSCO binary file can be copied to your desired folder using:

cp $CONDA_PREFIX/lib/libdiscon.* .

CMake for developers:

CMake provides a straightforward option for many users, particularly those on a Mac or Linux. For windows users, we recommend using MinGW to compile similarly. ROSCO can be compiled by first cloning the source code from git using:

git clone

And then compiling using CMake:

mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..                        # Mac/Linus
cmake .. -G "MinGW Makefiles"   # Windows
make install

This will generate a file called libdiscon.* in the /ROSCO/install/lib directory.

Note: when compiling with MinGW on Windows, modifying the cmake line (4th command) in the above code block to cmake .. -G "MinGWMakefiles" -DCMake_Fortran_COMPILER=gfortran may solve compiler errors that may arise, depending on your local configuration.

Installing the ROSCO toolbox

Installation of the complete ROSCO toolbox is made easy through Anaconda. If you do not already have Anaconda installed on your machine, please install it.

Then please follow the following steps:

  1. Create a conda environment for ROSCO

    conda config --add channels conda-forge
    conda create -y --name rosco-env python=3.8
    conda activate rosco-env
  2. Install WISDEM

    conda install -y wisdem

You should then do step three or four. If you do not want to compile the ROSCO controller within the installation of the ROSCO toolbox, please follow the instructions for Compiling ROSCO.

  1. Clone and Install the ROSCO toolbox with ROSCO

    git clone
    cd ROSCO_toolbox
    git submodule init
    git submodule update
    conda install compilers                                         # (Mac/Linux only)
    conda install m2w64-toolchain libpython     # (Windows only)
    python install --compile-rosco
  2. Clone and Install the ROSCO toolbox without ROSCO

git clone
cd ROSCO_toolbox
python install


If you wish to write your own scripts to leverage the ROSCO toolbox tools, but do not necessarily need the source code or to run any of the examples, the ROSCO toolbox is available via PyPi:

pip install rosco_toolbox

Note that if you do choose to install the ROSCO Toolbox this way, you will not have the source code. Additionally, you will need to download WISDEM and the ROSCO controller separately if you wish to use any of the ROSCO toolbox functionalities that need those software packages.

Updating the ROSCO Toolbox

Simple git commands should update the toolbox and controller as development continues: ` git pull git submodule update ` and then recompile and reinstall as necessary…

Getting Started with the ROSCO Toolbox

Please see a the Standard ROSCO Workflow for several example scripts using ROSCO and the ROSCO_toolbox.