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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)

Building a CMake project using Visual Studio 2017

The code for this recipe is available at and has a C++ example. The recipe is valid with CMake version 3.5 (and higher) and has been tested on Windows.

While earlier versions of Visual Studio required developers to edit source code and run CMake commands in different windows, Visual Studio 2017 introduces built-in support for CMake projects (, which allows for the entire coding, configuring, building, and testing workflow to happen within the same IDE. In this recipe, we will test this and build a simple "hello world" CMake example project directly using Visual Studio 2017, without resorting to the command line.

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