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This repository contains CMake files for Wei Dai's Crypto++ ( It supplies CMakeLists.txt and cryptopp-config.cmake for Crypto++ for those who want to use CMake. CMake is officialy unsupported, so use it at your own risk.

The purpose of Crypto++ CMake is two-fold:

  1. better support Linux distributions, like Gentoo
  2. provide users with centrally maintained CMake project files

The initial cryptopp-config.cmake and CMakeLists.txt were taken from the library sources when CMake support was officially dropped. Also see CMake on the Crypto++ wiki ( for some history and how to use CMake with Crypto++.

The CMake files are a work in progress, so use it at your own risk. Please feel free to make pull requests to fix problems. Please don't expect the Crypto++ project or other users to fix problems for you.


The general workflow is clone Wei Dai's crypto++, add CMake as a submodule, and then copy the files of interest into the Crypto++ directory:

git clone
cd cryptopp
git submodule add cmake
git submodule update --remote

cp "$PWD/cmake/cryptopp-config.cmake" "$PWD"
cp "$PWD/cmake/CMakeLists.txt" "$PWD"

To update the library and the submodule perform the following. The make clean is needed because reconfigure'ing does not invalidate the previously built objects or artifacts.

cd cryptopp
git pull
git submodule update --remote

cp "$PWD/cmake/cryptopp-config.cmake" "$PWD"
cp "$PWD/cmake/CMakeLists.txt" "$PWD"

make clean

Despite our efforts we have not been able to add the submodule to Crypto++ for seamless integration. If anyone knows how to add the submodule directly to the Crypto++ directory, then please provide the instructions.


The CMake submodule integrates with the Crypto++ library. The library's GNUmakefile and GNUmakefile-cross were modified to clean the artifacts produced by CMake. To clean the directory after running CMake perform a git checkout GNUmakefile followed by a make -f GNUmakefile distclean.

In June 2018 the library added to help test the CMake gear. The script is located in Crypto++'s TestScripts directory. The script downloads the CMake project files, builds the library and then runs the self tests.

If you want to use to drive things then perform the following steps.

cd cryptopp
cp TestScripts/ .


We would like all distro maintainers to be collaborators on this repo. If you are a distro maintainer then please contact us so we can send you an invite.

If you are a collaborator then make changes as you see fit. You don't need to ask for permission to make a change. Noloader is not an CMake expert so there are probably lots of opportunities for improvement.

Keep in mind other distros may be using the files, so try not to break things for the other guy. We have to be mindful of lesser-used platforms and compilers, like AIX, Solaris, IBM xlC and Oracle's SunCC.

Everything in this repo is release under Public Domain code. If the license or terms is unpalatable for you, then don't feel obligated to commit.


The CMake project files are separate at the moment for several reason, like avoiding Git log pollution with Autotool branch experiments. We also need to keep a logical separation because GNUmake is the official build system, and not the CMake project files.

Eventually we would like to do two things. First, we would like to move this project from Jeff Walton's GitHub to Wei Dai's GitHub to provide stronger assurances on provenance. Second, we would like to provide an cmake.tar.gz and place it in the Crypto++ TestScripts/ directory to make it easier for folks to use CMake.