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CMake Cookbook

By : Radovan Bast, Roberto Di Remigio
Book Image

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)


CMake does not build executables and libraries on its own. Instead, CMake configures a project and generates files used by another build tool or framework to build the project. On GNU/Linux and macOS, CMake typically generates Unix Makefiles, but a number of alternatives exist. On Windows, these are typically Visual Studio project files or MinGW or MSYS Makefiles. CMake includes a wide range of generators for native command-line build tools or integrated development environments (IDEs). You can read more about them at the following link:

These generators can be selected using cmake -G, for instance:

$ cmake -G "Visual Studio 15 2017"

Not all generators are available on every platform and, depending on the platform where CMake runs, typically only a subset is available. To see a list of all...