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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)

Organizing Fortran projects

The code for this recipe is available at and has a Fortran example. The recipe is valid with CMake version 3.5 (and higher) and has been tested on GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows with MSYS Makefiles.

We devote one recipe to the discussion of how to structure and organize Fortran projects for two reasons:

  1. There are still many Fortran projects out there, in particular in numerical software (for a more comprehensive list of general purpose Fortran software projects, see
  2. Fortran 90 (and later) can be more difficult to build for projects not using CMake, since Fortran module files impose a compilation order. In other words, for manually written Makefiles one typically needs to program a dependency scanner for Fortran module files.