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a C++ libary to parse EBML files

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Building and installing

Building and installing the library

libebml is based on cmake and requires only a C++ compiler. This means that the normal build process consists of the usual steps:

  1. Create a build directory: mkdir build ; cd build
  2. Generate the make file: cmake ..
  3. Compilation: make
  4. Installation (run this as root): make install

Customizing what's build with options

By default only a static library is built.

This library supports the usual cmake options for specifying installation paths (e.g. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/opt/libebml). The following additional cmake options are supported:

  • -DDISABLE_PKGCONFIG=YES — don't generate and install the libebml.pc package configuration module for pkg-config
  • -DDISABLE_CMAKE_CONFIG=YES — don't generate and install the package configuration module for cmake. Note that building libmatroska requires that the cmake configuration is available.
  • -DBUILD_SHARED_LIBS=YES — build the shared library instead of the static one (default: no)

Code of conduct

Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.

Included third-party components and their licenses


UTF-8 with C++ in a Portable Way

  • Copyright: 2006 Nemanja Trifunovic
  • License: custom (see src/lib/utf8-cpp/source/utf8.h)
  • URL:
  • Corresponding files: src/lib/utf8-cpp/*
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