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a C++ library to parse and create Matroska files

Building and installing

Building and installing the library

libmatroska is based on cmake. It requires a C++ compiler compatible with the C++14 standard as well as libebml. 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/libmatroska). The following additional cmake options are supported:

  • -DEbml_DIR=/path/to/libebml — if libebml was installed in a non-default location, you have to tell cmake where to find it. Point this variable to the directory containing the EbmlConfig.cmake file.
  • -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
  • -DBUILD_SHARED_LIBS=YES — build the shared library instead of the static one (default: no)

Code of conduct

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a C++ libary to parse Matroska files (.mkv and .mka)



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