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dlfcn-win32 is an implementation of dlfcn for Windows.

dlfcn is a set of functions that allows runtime dynamic library loading. It is standardized in the POSIX. Windows also provide similar routines, but not in a POSIX-compatible way. This library attempts to implement a wrapper around the Windows functions to make programs written for POSIX that use dlfcn work in Windows without any modifications.

It follows the standard as described here:

Using This Library

Using CMake

Once the library has been installed, add to your project CMakeLists.txt :

find_package(dlfcn-win32 REQUIRED)
target_link_libraries(<target> dlfcn-win32::dl)

If you want to use this library in a cross-platform project, a convenient way to proceed is to define the CMake variable CMAKE_DL_LIBS (that is normally empty on Windows) and then use it for linking:

if (WIN32)
  find_package(dlfcn-win32 REQUIRED)
  set(CMAKE_DL_LIBS dlfcn-win32::dl)
endif ()  
target_link_libraries(<target> ${CMAKE_DL_LIBS})

Linking caveat

This library uses the Process Status API in Windows (psapi.lib). If you are linking to the static dl.lib or libdl.a, then you would need to explicitly add psapi.lib or -lpsapi to your linking command, depending on if MinGW is used.


Written by Ramiro Polla in 2007. Maintained by Tiancheng "Timothy" Gu from 2013.


dlfcn-win32 is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

dlfcn-win32 is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along with dlfcn-win32; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA