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Manual Reference Pages  -  CMAKE-GENERATORS (7)

NAME

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CONTENTS

Introduction
Cmake Generators
     Command-Line Build Tool Generators
     Makefile Generators
     Borland Makefiles
     MSYS Makefiles
     MinGW Makefiles
     NMake Makefiles
     NMake Makefiles JOM
     Unix Makefiles
     Watcom WMake
     Ninja Generator
     Ninja
     IDE Build Tool Generators
     Visual Studio Generators
     Visual Studio 6
     Visual Studio 7
     Visual Studio 7 .NET 2003
     Visual Studio 8 2005
     Visual Studio 9 2008
     Visual Studio 10 2010
     Visual Studio 11 2012
     Visual Studio 12 2013
     Visual Studio 14 2015
     Other Generators
     Green Hills MULTI
     Xcode
Extra Generators
     CodeBlocks
     CodeLite
     Eclipse CDT4
     KDevelop3
     Kate
     Sublime Text 2
Copyright

INTRODUCTION

A CMake Generator is responsible for writing the input files for a native build system. Exactly one of the  CMake Generators must be selected for a build tree to determine what native build system is to be used. Optionally one of the  Extra Generators may be selected as a variant of some of the  Command-Line Build Tool Generators to produce project files for an auxiliary IDE.

CMake Generators are platform-specific so each may be available only on certain platforms. The cmake(1) command-line tool --help output lists available generators on the current platform. Use its -G option to specify the generator for a new build tree. The cmake-gui(1) offers interactive selection of a generator when creating a new build tree.

CMAKE GENERATORS

    Command-Line Build Tool Generators

These generators support command-line build tools. In order to use them, one must launch CMake from a command-line prompt whose environment is already configured for the chosen compiler and build tool.

    Makefile Generators

    Borland Makefiles

Generates Borland makefiles.

    MSYS Makefiles

Generates makefiles for use with MSYS make under the MSYS shell.

Use this generator in a MSYS shell prompt and using make as the build tool. The generated makefiles use /bin/sh as the shell to launch build rules. They are not compatible with a Windows command prompt.

To build under a Windows command prompt, use the MinGW Makefiles generator.

    MinGW Makefiles

Generates makefiles for use with mingw32-make under a Windows command prompt.

Use this generator under a Windows command prompt with MinGW in the PATH and using mingw32-make as the build tool. The generated makefiles use cmd.exe as the shell to launch build rules. They are not compatible with MSYS or a unix shell.

To build under the MSYS shell, use the MSYS Makefiles generator.

    NMake Makefiles

Generates NMake makefiles.

    NMake Makefiles JOM

Generates JOM makefiles.

    Unix Makefiles

Generates standard UNIX makefiles.

A hierarchy of UNIX makefiles is generated into the build tree. Any standard UNIX-style make program can build the project through the default make target. A "make install" target is also provided.

    Watcom WMake

Generates Watcom WMake makefiles.

    Ninja Generator

    Ninja

Generates build.ninja files.

A build.ninja file is generated into the build tree. Recent versions of the ninja program can build the project through the "all" target. An "install" target is also provided.

    IDE Build Tool Generators

These generators support Integrated Development Environment (IDE) project files. Since the IDEs configure their own environment one may launch CMake from any environment.

    Visual Studio Generators

    Visual Studio 6

Deprected. Generates Visual Studio 6 project files.

NOTE: This generator is deprecated and will be removed in a future version of CMake. It will still be possible to build with VS 6 tools using the NMake Makefiles generator.

    Visual Studio 7

Deprected. Generates Visual Studio .NET 2002 project files.

NOTE: This generator is deprecated and will be removed in a future version of CMake. It will still be possible to build with VS 7.0 tools using the NMake Makefiles generator.

    Visual Studio 7 .NET 2003

Generates Visual Studio .NET 2003 project files.

    Visual Studio 8 2005

Generates Visual Studio 8 2005 project files.

The CMAKE_GENERATOR_PLATFORM variable may be set to specify a target platform name.

For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.1, one may specify a target platform name optionally at the end of this generator name:
Visual Studio 8 2005 Win64
  Specify target platform x64.
Visual Studio 8 2005 <WinCE-SDK>
  Specify target platform matching a Windows CE SDK name.

    Visual Studio 9 2008

Generates Visual Studio 9 2008 project files.

The CMAKE_GENERATOR_PLATFORM variable may be set to specify a target platform name.

For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.1, one may specify a target platform name optionally at the end of this generator name:
Visual Studio 9 2008 Win64
  Specify target platform x64.
Visual Studio 9 2008 IA64
  Specify target platform Itanium.
Visual Studio 9 2008 <WinCE-SDK>
  Specify target platform matching a Windows CE SDK name.

    Visual Studio 10 2010

Generates Visual Studio 10 (VS 2010) project files.

The CMAKE_GENERATOR_PLATFORM variable may be set to specify a target platform name.

For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.1, one may specify a target platform name optionally at the end of this generator name:
Visual Studio 10 2010 Win64
  Specify target platform x64.
Visual Studio 10 2010 IA64
  Specify target platform Itanium.

For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.0, one may specify this generator using the name Visual Studio 10 without the year component.

    Visual Studio 11 2012

Generates Visual Studio 11 (VS 2012) project files.

The CMAKE_GENERATOR_PLATFORM variable may be set to specify a target platform name.

For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.1, one may specify a target platform name optionally at the end of this generator name:
Visual Studio 11 2012 Win64
  Specify target platform x64.
Visual Studio 11 2012 ARM
  Specify target platform ARM.
Visual Studio 11 2012 <WinCE-SDK>
  Specify target platform matching a Windows CE SDK name.

For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.0, one may specify this generator using the name "Visual Studio 11" without the year component.

    Visual Studio 12 2013

Generates Visual Studio 12 (VS 2013) project files.

The CMAKE_GENERATOR_PLATFORM variable may be set to specify a target platform name.

For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.1, one may specify a target platform name optionally at the end of this generator name:
Visual Studio 12 2013 Win64
  Specify target platform x64.
Visual Studio 12 2013 ARM
  Specify target platform ARM.

For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.0, one may specify this generator using the name "Visual Studio 12" without the year component.

    Visual Studio 14 2015

Generates Visual Studio 14 (VS 2015) project files.

The CMAKE_GENERATOR_PLATFORM variable may be set to specify a target platform name.

For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.1, one may specify a target platform name optionally at the end of this generator name:
Visual Studio 14 2015 Win64
  Specify target platform x64.
Visual Studio 14 2015 ARM
  Specify target platform ARM.

    Other Generators

    Green Hills MULTI

Generates Green Hills MULTI project files (experimental, work-in-progress).

Customizations are available through the following cache variables:
o GHS_BSP_NAME
o GHS_CUSTOMIZATION
o GHS_GPJ_MACROS
o GHS_OS_DIR

NOTE: This generator is deemed experimental as of CMake 3.5.0 and is still a work in progress. Future versions of CMake may make breaking changes as the generator matures.

    Xcode

Generate Xcode project files.

EXTRA GENERATORS

Some of the  CMake Generators listed in the cmake(1) command-line tool --help output may have variants that specify an extra generator for an auxiliary IDE tool. Such generator names have the form <extra-generator> - <main-generator>. The following extra generators are known to CMake.

    CodeBlocks

Generates CodeBlocks project files.

Project files for CodeBlocks will be created in the top directory and in every subdirectory which features a CMakeLists.txt file containing a PROJECT() call. Additionally a hierarchy of makefiles is generated into the build tree. The appropriate make program can build the project through the default make target. A "make install" target is also provided.

This "extra" generator may be specified as:
CodeBlocks - MinGW Makefiles
  Generate with MinGW Makefiles.
CodeBlocks - NMake Makefiles
  Generate with NMake Makefiles.
CodeBlocks - Ninja
  Generate with Ninja.
CodeBlocks - Unix Makefiles
  Generate with Unix Makefiles.

    CodeLite

Generates CodeLite project files.

Project files for CodeLite will be created in the top directory and in every subdirectory which features a CMakeLists.txt file containing a PROJECT() call. The appropriate make program can build the project through the default make target. A "make install" target is also provided.

This "extra" generator may be specified as:
CodeLite - MinGW Makefiles
  Generate with MinGW Makefiles.
CodeLite - NMake Makefiles
  Generate with NMake Makefiles.
CodeLite - Ninja
  Generate with Ninja.
CodeLite - Unix Makefiles
  Generate with Unix Makefiles.

    Eclipse CDT4

Generates Eclipse CDT 4.0 project files.

Project files for Eclipse will be created in the top directory. In out of source builds, a linked resource to the top level source directory will be created. Additionally a hierarchy of makefiles is generated into the build tree. The appropriate make program can build the project through the default make target. A "make install" target is also provided.

This "extra" generator may be specified as:
Eclipse CDT4 - MinGW Makefiles
  Generate with MinGW Makefiles.
Eclipse CDT4 - NMake Makefiles
  Generate with NMake Makefiles.
Eclipse CDT4 - Ninja
  Generate with Ninja.
Eclipse CDT4 - Unix Makefiles
  Generate with Unix Makefiles.

    KDevelop3

Generates KDevelop 3 project files.

Project files for KDevelop 3 will be created in the top directory and in every subdirectory which features a CMakeLists.txt file containing a PROJECT() call. If you change the settings using KDevelop cmake will try its best to keep your changes when regenerating the project files. Additionally a hierarchy of UNIX makefiles is generated into the build tree. Any standard UNIX-style make program can build the project through the default make target. A "make install" target is also provided.

This "extra" generator may be specified as:
KDevelop3 - Unix Makefiles
  Generate with Unix Makefiles.
KDevelop3
  Generate with Unix Makefiles.

For historical reasons this extra generator may be specified directly as the main generator and it will be used as the extra generator with Unix Makefiles automatically.

    Kate

Generates Kate project files.

A project file for Kate will be created in the top directory in the top level build directory. To use it in kate, the Project plugin must be enabled. The project file is loaded in kate simply by opening the ProjectName.kateproject file in the editor. If the kate Build-plugin is enabled, all targets generated by CMake are available for building.

This "extra" generator may be specified as:
Kate - MinGW Makefiles
  Generate with MinGW Makefiles.
Kate - NMake Makefiles
  Generate with NMake Makefiles.
Kate - Ninja
  Generate with Ninja.
Kate - Unix Makefiles
  Generate with Unix Makefiles.

    Sublime Text 2

Generates Sublime Text 2 project files.

Project files for Sublime Text 2 will be created in the top directory and in every subdirectory which features a CMakeLists.txt file containing a PROJECT() call. Additionally Makefiles (or build.ninja files) are generated into the build tree. The appropriate make program can build the project through the default make target. A "make install" target is also provided.

This "extra" generator may be specified as:
Sublime Text 2 - MinGW Makefiles
  Generate with MinGW Makefiles.
Sublime Text 2 - NMake Makefiles
  Generate with NMake Makefiles.
Sublime Text 2 - Ninja
  Generate with Ninja.
Sublime Text 2 - Unix Makefiles
  Generate with Unix Makefiles.

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