You are now on the CMake community wiki. Many pages are now DEPRECATED and sometimes even considered bad practice. Those are only kept as reference for previous CMake versions. The documentation for the latest version is available here: CMake Documentation.
Welcome to CMake, the cross-platform, open-source make system. CMake is used to control the software compilation process using simple platform and compiler independent configuration files. CMake generates native makefiles and workspaces that can be used in the compiler environment of your choice. CMake is quite sophisticated: it is possible to support complex environments requiring system configuration, pre-processor generation, code generation, and template instantiation.
You will find here not only documentation for CMake, but also for CPack and CTest.
Primary Resources - Look here first!
- Where can I download CMake?
- CMake Documentation
- CMake Variables
- Structure of a CMake Build System
- FAQ (Frequently asked questions)
- CMake Mailing List (for searchable archives see CMake FAQ)
- Release Notes
The CMake Language
- A quick introduction to CMake syntax
- On variables, lists, strings, maps, regexps, etc.
- Language syntax
- RPATH handling
- Editors/IDEs with CMake syntax support
- How to export symbols from a Windows DLL for the non-Windows Developer
- Appending the SO version to DLLs
- Advanced Usage of CMake Build Rules
- How to Check the Current Platform
- Assembler Support
- Docs for Specific Project Generators (Eclipse, KDevelop3, CodeBlocks, Makefile)
- Contributed macros
- Module Maintainers
- Platform Dependent Information
- Documentation for previous releases
- CMake Life Cycle Considerations
- Matrix for checking backwards-compatibility of current features
- CMake builtin documentation handling
- The architecture of Open Source Applications - CMake
- A Simple CMake Example
- Cross-Platform Software Development Using CMake
- CMake: The Cross Platform Build System
- Slides of a CMake workshop, including CPack, CTest and CDash
- CMake tutorial - Slides (with LaTeX bearmer source) of a CMake tutorial including CPack, CTest.
"CMake: Behind the Scenes of Code
- Slides of an introductory talk/tutorial about CMake and its benefits
- The Hacker Within: Build Systems Explains why and how to use build systems with a CMake example.
- How CMake simplifies the build process by Bruno Abinader
- Empirical approach to CMAKE by Rachid Koucha
- Minimal examples (wiki page)
Finding stuff and platform checking
- How to package your project for use by others, create FooConfig.cmake files, and exporting and importing targets.
- How to find and use existing frameworks on OS X A quick example to help OS X users find frameworks automatically.
How to use CMake with specific Libraries
- Qt with CMake Explains how to use CMake to build software with Qt4, Qt3 and KDE3.
- Deploying Qt4 applications with CMake Explains how to use the DeployQt4.cmake module coming with CMake 2.8.7.
- How to use CMake to create Matlab MEX files Describes how to use CMake when developing Matlab Executable (MEX) files for use with The Mathworks Matlab scripting language.
Converters from other buildsystems to CMake
All converters listed here are not "complete", i.e. the generated CMake files are not 100% finished, in all cases some work is left for the developer.
- am2cmake (requires Ruby) Converts automake/autotools/libtool based projects to CMake, specialized in converting from KDE 3 to KDE 4, should also work for others. This one has been used for converting the KDE buildsystem to CMake.
- Alternative Automake2CMake (requires PHP) Converts KDevelop projects that use automake to CMake.
- qmake converter (requires Ruby) Converts projects that use Qt's qmake.
- vcproj2cmake.rb (requires Ruby) SourceForge project Creates and maintains CMakeLists.txt files by extracting info from Visual Studio project files (.vcproj/.vcxproj). Elaborate script for development side-by-side the updated original static .vc[x]proj files, supports script hooks and powerful definition mappings. Patches and new project members very welcome. Older script versions below:
- vcproj2cmake.ps1(PowerShell version) Creates CMakeLists.txt. it supports vcproj configuration and detect 'exclude from build' option
- folders4cmake (requires Java) Use Visual Studio project files to generate corresponding "source_group" information that you can use inside your own CMake scripts. Supports Visual Studio 9/10 project files (full round-trip possible).
Basic CMakeLists.txt from-scratch-generator
- gencmake (requires Ruby) Creates basic CMakeLists.txt files from looking at the existing files.
- CMakeListGenerator (Win32) Creates complete CMakeLists.txt files as described in the README using a combination of file and directory structure analysis. Supports resolving dependencies between multiple archives.
- Fortran Issues
- Generating dependency graphs with CMake
- Experiments With Lua
- Performance Tips
- GNU style directory layout with CMake
- CMake TODO
- Creating Qt Assistant Docs
- Writing FindXXX.cmake modules that work with static libraries
- Writing FindXXX.cmake modules that work when multiple versions of packages are installed
For anyone who wonders what the
load_commandcommand is for.
- PC-Lint support for CMake
- Testing With CTest Introduces to testing with CTest, submitting dashboards, and using CMake to add tests to the test system.
- CTest Scripting Describes the scripting with CTest which can significantly simplify and automate testing and submitting dashboards.
- Generating Input Files For CTest Describe more in details the concepts behind testing with CTest and also explans how to use CTest without using CMake.
- Buildmanagement With CTest Describes how to setup a central configuration for all CTest scripts.
- Configuring CTest Submission Methods
- CTest Nightly, Experimental, Continuous, ...
- CTest Frequently asked questions
- Packaging with CPack Introduction to CPack, installing and packaging of software.
- CMake tutorial - Slides from a CMake tutorial (including LaTeX beamer source) including CPack.
- CPack Variables
- Supported package formats
- CPack Win32 Newbie Checklist
- Component Install With CPack
Old(deprecated) kept for reference only
This page was initially populated by conversion from its original location in another wiki.