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C++ CMake Project Template

cmake-init is a copy and paste template, that provides the following features:

  • Cross Platform
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Mac
  • Libraries, Applications, Testing template
  • Documentation template
  • Installation, Packaging template
  • CMake find script template for defined libraries

The files of cmake-init are an instantiation of the templates containing:

  • Example app
  • Example lib
  • Example test
  • Example documentation
  • Example package
Service System Compiler Status
Travis-CI Ubuntu 14.04 GCC 4.8, Clang 3.5 Build Status
Travis-CI macOS AppleClang 7.3 Build Status
AppVeyor Windows MSVC 2013
MSVC 2015
MSVC 2017
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Ubuntu 14.04

GCC 4.7
GCC 4.8
GCC 4.9
GCC 5.4
Clang 3.8
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Windows 10

MSVC 2013 Update 5
MSVC 2015 Update 1
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Jenkins OS X 10.10 AppleClang 6.0 Build Status

Please note that our OS X build node is currently broken (physically). However, cmake-init is supported and maintained for OS X as well.

Design Decisions

ToDo: revisit!

Console vs. Windows App (Windows only)


  • we do not use the msvc subsystem linker flag
  • we do not use the add_executable win32 property
  • instead the set_target_properties with the WIN32_EXECUTABLE flag on target executable is used
  • we use the same subsystem for all configurations of a single target (no switching between, e.g., debug and release)

rationale: typically, only released 'feature' applications are required to decide on their subsystem, and in the case of 'gui-heavy' applications the windows subsystem is preferred (since the std output is probably piped into widgets, logfiles, or even discard).

furthermore, console output is usually more relevant for development/debugging purposes, already using console or IDE with appropriate console output handling

ToDo: Add missing content, bring into markdown form

Scenarios covered in cmake-init:

  1. Development

The project is contained in a source directory for active development.

binaries: ./build rpath: absolute paths to all dependencies datapath: ..

  1. Installation (default)

The project is installed in a self-contained directory, ready for being moved or copied to another location or computer.

binaries: ./bin rpath: $ORIGIN/../lib datapath: ..

  1. Installation (unix system install)

The project is installed globally on a system.

binaries: /usr/[local/]bin rpath: empty datapath: /usr/[local/]share/


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