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ZeroMQ with Boost under VisualStudio 2015

This repository contains a VS 2015 Solution with four projects based on ZeroMQ examples:

a) ZeroMQ Client/Server example (server and client projects)

b) ZeroMQ Publish/Subscribe example (server and client projects)

The PubSub example uses the boost libraries for message parsing.


To compile the projects you'll need to compile ZeroMQ and checkout some sources. The predefined settings in the VS-Solution will expand to several paths. So take care of putting them into these ENV-variables:

ZMQ_HOME:        sources from zeromq/libzmq
ZMQ_CPP_HEADERS: sources from zeromq/cppzmq
ZMQ_LIBS:        binaries compiled from ZMQ_HOME directory
ZMQ_LIBSODIUM:   sources from jedisct1/libsodium (IMPORTANT: libsodium must go inside the libzmq-root directory so the ZMQ-lib can be compiled with libsodium support)
ZMQ_ZGUIDE:      sources from booksbyus/zguide 


  • Compile libzmq by opening the solution under builds/msvc/vs2015 or via batch-files under builds/msvc/build. As already mentioned, if you want to have libsodium support you must checkout its sources inside the root directory of libzmq before you compile libzmq!
  • Compile libsodium by using the solution under builds/msvc/vs2015 or via batch files under builds/msvc/build.
  • Put the paths to the DLLs into their respective env variables (ZMQ_LIBS & ZMQ_LIBSODIUM)

This is how the path to *ZMQ-Sources looks like on my machine:

Here's the path to the compiled Libsodium-binary (notice the root directory that belongs to ZeroMQ):

  • Additionally insert the base path of zguide where the C++ helper-headers reside. This is not mandatory but these header files contain many helpful functions & macros.

  • And this is how we reference them in our projects:

  • ZMQ-Binaries have their own env-variable, of course. Depending on what architecture and toolset are being used the predefined variables in VS2015 will expand to their x86/x64 & Debug/Release versions.

  • Here's how it looks like in VS-Project Properties:

  • The ZeroMQ static library is also in the list of additional dependencies.

  • To properly run client/server apps based on ZeroMQ we need the ZeroMQ-DLL for dynamic binding. There's already a Post-Build-Event that'll be executed after each successful build:

Now, compile the sources and let ZeroMQ fly 😄




🚀 Client/Server & Pub/Sub Examples with ZeroMQ & Boost








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