Please note that beta snapshots are potentially unstable and may not work with add-ons compiled for Orbiter release distributions.
Orbiter beta snapshots contain bug fixes implemented after the Orbiter 2010-P1 release and new features that may be implemented in the upcoming release (4).
Starting from December 2012 Orbiter beta snapshots are provided via a Subversion repository, currently located at svn://orbiter-forum.com/orbiter address.
In order to check out a beta snapshot you will need an SVN client, such as TortoiseSVN.
If you have had a pre-2014 SVN beta already checked out, you cannot get the latest version with an update, due to complete recreation of the SVN repository on a new serwer. Instead, you have to check out a fresh version using the provided earlier SVN address.
Starting from 2015 the textures for Earth, Moon and Mars are no longer part of the SVN repository. You have to download them separately from the Texture pack page and extract them into your Orbiter Beta directory.
Below are also available legacy Orbiter beta update packages, which may still be required by current releases of external graphics clients. They are patch files that contain the differences to the Orbiter 2010-P1 (build 100830) Release version (1). They are provided in 7z format.
|Legacy full update packages (releases required by some versions of external graphics clients):|
||Updates Orbiter 2010-P1 (release, build 100830) to Orbiter Beta 111105.
||Updates Orbiter 2010-P1 (release, build 100830) to Orbiter Beta 121103.
To install any of the above beta update packages, you need an extraction utility that supports the 7z compression format, such as 7-zip. If you already have an installation of Orbiter 2010-P1 (v.100830), make a backup before you will apply the patch on it (2). Otherwise, download and install the 2010-P1 release version first. To apply the beta patch, copy the beta package archive into your Orbiter root directory and extract, retaining folder structure (3).
- The patch is relative to a fresh Orbiter 100830 installation after the installation verification has been executed. In other words, the installation verification will not be executed again after installing the patch. Your system is assumed to to be set up for running orbiter (including VC runtime libraries and DirectX installation).
- The patch has only been tested on a clean Orbiter 100830 installation. It may or may not work on orbiter installations that contain addons.
- It is recommended to apply the patch to a ZIP installation of the Orbiter release package, not to an MSI installation (replacing files may confuse the MSI unistaller).
- Please do not publish any add-ons or modules linked against a beta version of the Orbiter API. The programming interface changes rapidly during beta development, and addons compiled against a beta will almost certainly not work with the current or next release version (and probably not even with the next beta).