For operating systems where no binary is provided or if you want the latest development version, you will have to build it from source. The code should be compilable on any system with ISO C++. It's tested on Linux, Mac OS/X, and Windows cross compilers. Less frequently, someone will build on MSVC, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, etc. Both Clang/LLVM and GNU C++ are regularly exercised.
For most cases, an anonymous checkout of the trunk is really all you need. That can be done easily with the single command:
svn checkout http://gpsbabel.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/gpsbabel
In most cases, the code is as simple to build as running:
./configure && make
Qt is required for all builds. Mac and Windows users can download binaries from Qt Downloads Fedora or CentOS users may need to 'yum install qt-devel'. Optionally, use qt5-base. When in doubt, 'yum search qt' or 'yum search qt5' can help you find the correct package name Ubuntu users may need to 'apt-get install libqt4-core libqt4-dev'. Qt versions 4.6 and newer are supported.
libusb is recommended for OS/X and Linux if you want to use a USB Garmin or Delorme device. Fedora users may need to 'yum install libusb-devel'. Ubuntu users may need to 'yum install libusb-dev'.
There are additional flags that can be passed to configure to customize your build of GPSBabel.
lists all the supported options, but of interest we have:
--disable-shapefile Excludes the shapefile support.
--disable-csv Excludes all support for our something-separated formats.
--disable-filters Excludes all filter support.
--enable-efence Activate debugging mode for gpsbabel-debug.
dir Specifies that the doc should be created and installed in
--without-libusb Disables use of libusb, even it's it's available.
--with-zlib=(included)|system|no By default, we use our own version of zlib. If you specify
system the system zlib is used. A value of
no (or --without-zlib) disables zlib.