CMake: build system generator. CPack: package generator. CTest: systematic test driver. CDash: a dashboard collector. 3 / CMake tutorial. introductions and files to use CMake for building projects nice tutorial!!! struglling to get clean and simple understanding of. What is CMake? According to CMake’s creators, Kitware, CMake is an open- source cross platform build system. This is not completely accurate.

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For this example, I wish to place all of the build files in the build directory, which is achieved cmaoe simply by calling the cmake program from within the build directory, as follows: Use the same steps as before to build the static library, and you will see the output as follows: You can determine the constituents of a static library using the GNU ar archive command — for example: Thank you very dmake.

This was very useful. Absolutely perfect for getting me started with cmake on hierarchical projects that use shared libraries. Give this man a cookie The best write up on cmake.

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People look for a build system to make it simpler. A complete compiler call deutscch a lot of typing in all but the most trivial examples. You have delivered a necessary service. Yours had by far the most useful use cases and was the easiest to follow. Would be very helpful.

Linking an existing static library commented out in the example does not seem to work. Have been following your blogs for years now.


From being a student to a professional I still follow them many times as references. Keep up the awesome work, sir! It was really well explained.

How about a part 2? I would like to know how to use cmake for a project with multiple modules or subdirectories. And then each subdirectory would create a shared library where a main program would link to.

The main program would reside in the same project as the shared libraries. It is very usefull. Now I understood about cmake.

I already contacted you through the mail. I have been following from past one years. Just another fan of this post wanting to say I really appreciate your exposition! This will help me with creating a shared library with CMake, which is my current task at my company.

Hey I tried the second example and it wouldnt work. It just prints out a list of options and setting for cmake. Am I missing something.

Not that cmake is hard to understandbut for a beginner like mewas hard to find even understand the basic stuff mentioned in most of the site. Derek Molloy Thanks a ton for sucha user friendly and simple tutorial! It helped me a lot.

CMake by Example

Have a question about the part about using the library: I followed the instructions and have an include, src, build and all the files. What does this mean?

Just starting to learn how to use VTK and cmake is required. This post is just perfect. Hi, I really appreciate your efforts. It perfectly worked for me. Exception is, you did not give explanation of last CMakeLists. It would be deutxch for future is could add. Could you please give a similar tutorial for cross compiling for android using cmake on linux host.


Hi, I have been trying to understand CMake for a long time…But this tutorial has solved all the basic doubts for once and for All…Thank You very much for a great tutorial. Does this example work for windows also…i. Good information on cmake for begginers like me helped me a lot ,Thank you.

Getting started with cmake

After reading a hundred other tutorials, there where more question-marks than answers in my head. I almost lost hope for ever finding a decent explanation on how to write a cmakelists. I have looked at several cmake tutorials and was about to give up because none of them make sense. It is just beyond my comprehension. There are series of commands and it is not clear what exactly they are doing. Some would give very complicated use case with the equally complicated CMakeLists.

Your tutorial is the only one which made perfect sense to me!

Thank you very much! In case you have other tutorials especially in embedded system, Deutsdh would be very happy to know. So clear and precise example. Thank you so much for sharing the good work.