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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})


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

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