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CMake Cookbook

By : Radovan Bast, Roberto Di Remigio
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CMake Cookbook

By: Radovan Bast, Roberto Di Remigio

Overview of this book

CMake is cross-platform, open-source software for managing the build process in a portable fashion. This book features a collection of recipes and building blocks with tips and techniques for working with CMake, CTest, CPack, and CDash. CMake Cookbook includes real-world examples in the form of recipes that cover different ways to structure, configure, build, and test small- to large-scale code projects. You will learn to use CMake's command-line tools and master modern CMake practices for configuring, building, and testing binaries and libraries. With this book, you will be able to work with external libraries and structure your own projects in a modular and reusable way. You will be well-equipped to generate native build scripts for Linux, MacOS, and Windows, simplify and refactor projects using CMake, and port projects to CMake.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)

Generating source and binary packages

The code for this recipe is available at The recipe is valid with CMake version 3.6 (and higher) and has been tested on GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows.

If your code is open source, users will expect to be able to download the sources for your project and build by themselves using your perfectly tailored CMake scripts. Of course, the packaging operation could be done with a script, but CPack offers a more compact and portable alternative. This recipe will guide you through the creation of a number of packaging alternatives:

  • Source code archives: You can use these formats to ship the source code directly as a compressed archive in your favorite format. Your users will not have to worry about your specific version control system.
  • Binary archives: Use these to package the...