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Vcpkg helps you manage C and C++ libraries on Windows, Linux and MacOS. This tool and ecosystem are constantly evolving; your involvement is vital to its success!

For short description of available commands, run vcpkg help.

Windows (x86, x64, arm, uwp) MacOS Linux
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Quick Start


  • Windows 10, 8.1, 7, Linux, or MacOS
  • Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 or newer (on Windows)
  • Git
  • gcc >= 7 or equivalent clang (on Linux)
  • Optional: CMake 3.12.4

To get started:

> git clone
> cd vcpkg

PS> .\bootstrap-vcpkg.bat
Linux:~/$ ./

Then, to hook up user-wide integration, run (note: requires admin on first use)

PS> .\vcpkg integrate install
Linux:~/$ ./vcpkg integrate install

Install any packages with

PS> .\vcpkg install sdl2 curl
Linux:~/$ ./vcpkg install sdl2 curl

The best way to use installed libraries with CMake is via the toolchain file scripts\buildsystems\vcpkg.cmake. To use this file, you simply need to add it onto your CMake command line as -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=[vcpkg root]\scripts\buildsystems\vcpkg.cmake.

In Visual Studio, you can create a New Project (or open an existing one). All installed libraries are immediately ready to be #include'd and used in your project without additional configuration.

For more information, see our using a package example for the specifics. If your library is not present in vcpkg catalog, you can open an issue on the GitHub repo where the dev team and the community can see it and potentially create the port file for this library.

Additional notes on macOS and Linux support can be found in the official announcement.

Tab-Completion / Auto-Completion

vcpkg supports auto-completion of commands, package names, options etc in Powershell and bash. To enable tab-completion, use one of the following:

PS> .\vcpkg integrate powershell
Linux:~/$ ./vcpkg integrate bash

and restart your console.


See the documentation for specific walkthroughs, including installing and using a package, adding a new package from a zipfile, and adding a new package from a GitHub repo.

Our docs are now also available online at ReadTheDocs:!

See a 4 minute video demo.


Vcpkg is built with your contributions. Here are some ways you can contribute:

Please refer to our Contribution guidelines for more details.

This project has adopted the Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct. For more information see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact with any additional questions or comments.


Code licensed under the MIT License.

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