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Note, the master branch is now libCVD-2.0 which is in beta and requires C++14.

Compiling and installing

libCVD currently has both an autoconf and cmake based build system. The autoconf one works on any unix-like system, and is well testes. The CMake one should work on any system but is a little newer so may be buggy in untested configurations.

To install on a UNIX system:

./configure && make && sudo make install

To verify that a few things work, you can optionally run

make test

To build on UNIX with CMake:

mkdir build
cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release .. 

and optionally:

make test

To build on Windows, use CMake:

mkdir build
cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=<directory> ..
cmake --build . --target INSTALL --config Release


There are no mandatory dependencies. For a reasonably complete installation you probably want:

  • TooN (header only, install from source)
  • libjpeg, libtiff, libpng, ffmpeg, X11, OpenGL. You might also want:
  • libdc1394
  • libuvc

On Ubuntu 16.04, run:

sudo apt-get install libjpeg-dev libpng-dev libtiff-dev libx11-dev libavformat-dev libavdevice-dev libavcodec-dev libavutil-dev libswresample-dev libglu-dev libdc1394-22-dev

System compatibility

You need a C++14 compiler.

All libraries are optional but you will be missing features if the libraries aren't present. The configure script will tell you what's present and what's not.

Ubuntu 16.04 / gcc 5

The default C++ compiler on Ubuntu 16.04 will not compile libCVD because of a bug in the standards compliance of the compiler.. If you want to use libcvd, you will need to install a newer compiler. The easiest eay is to add the toolchain test PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install g++-7

Now you can build libcvd with either:

CXX=g++-7 ./configure


mkdir build 
cd build
CXX=g++-7 cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release .. 


Documentation Status

Latest documentation here: or just run Doxygen.

Status of unit tests

Build Status

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