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Biometric Evaluation Framework

Build Library and Tests

Biometric Evaluation Framework is a set of C++ classes, error codes, and design patterns used to create a common environment to provide logging, data management, error handling, and other functionality that is needed for many applications used in the testing of biometric software.

The goals of Biometric Evaluation Framework include:

  • reduce the amount of I/O error handling implemented by applications;
  • provide standard interfaces for data management and logging;
  • remove the need for applications to handle low-level events from the operating system;
  • provide time tracking and constraints for blocks of code;
  • reduce potential for memory errors and corruption;
  • simplify the use of parallel processing.

How to Build

Once all requirements have been met, use CMake to build:

mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..
cmake --build .


  • A C++ 2011 compiler:

    • g++ >= 4.7
    • clang++ >= 3.1
  • A supported operating system:

    • RHEL/CentOS >= 7.x
    • macOS >= 10.9
  • System packages (depending on desired modules, see below).

Other operating systems and compilers are likely to work as expected, but have not been thoroughly tested. The following have been known to work in part at some point, but are not officially supported:

  • icpc >= 15.0
  • Cygwin 1.7.x
  • Windows 10/Microsoft Visual Studio 2019


A pre-compiled version of Biometric Evaluation framework for RHEL/CentOS 7 is available from the releases page on GitHub. These packages have been signed with our public key.

# Import the public key
rpm --import beframework_signing_key.asc

# Verify the signature
rpm --checksig libbiomeval-10.0-1.x86_64.rpm
libbiomeval-10.0-1.x86_64.rpm: rsa sha1 (md5) pgp md5 OK

# Install
rpm --install libbiomeval-10.0-1.x86_64.rpm

System Packages

  • Some modules require system packages that may not be installed by default on all operating systems. Package names are listed below for RHEL/CentOS, macOS (via MacPorts), Ubuntu, and Windows (via vcpkg). Other operating systems may use similarly-named packages.

  • Under CentOS 8, several packages listed below are now part of the "PowerTools" repository, which is disabled by default. This repository can be enabled by issuing the command:

    # Enable PowerTools repository
    sudo yum config-manager --set-enabled PowerTools
  • When using vcpkg, you must provide CMake with the path to your vcpkg toolchain:

    cmake .. -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=%vcpkg_root%\scripts\buildsystems\vcpkg.cmake


Name RHEL/CentOS MacPorts/Homebrew Ubuntu vcpkg
OpenSSL openssl-devel n/a (uses macOS CommonCrypto) libssl-dev openssl


Name RHEL/CentOS MacPorts/Homebrew Ubuntu
PCSC Lite pcsc-lite-devel n/a (requires Command Line Tools) libpcsclite-dev


Name RHEL/CentOS MacPorts Homebrew Ubuntu vcpkg
OpenJPEG 2.x openjpeg2-devel openjpeg openjpeg libopenjp2-7-dev openjpeg
libjpeg libjpeg-turbo-devel jpeg jpeg or jpeg-turbo libjpeg-dev libjpeg-turbo
libpng libpng-devel libpng libpng libpng-dev libpng
libtiff libtiff-devel tiff libtiff libtiff-dev tiff
Zlib zlib-devel zlib zlib zlib1g-dev zlib


  • Under CentOS, openjpeg2-devel is part of the EPEL repository. It can be enabled by installing the package epel-release.


Name RHEL/CentOS MacPorts Homebrew Ubuntu vcpkg
Zlib zlib-devel zlib zlib zlib1g-dev zlib


Name RHEL/CentOS MacPorts Homebrew Ubuntu vcpkg
Open MPI openmpi-devel openmpi open-mpi libopenmpi-dev msmpi


  • With MacPorts, you may need to select a different MPI group if you have more than one installed:

    sudo port select mpi openmpi-mp-fortran
  • With msmpi and vcpkg, you must first install the Microsoft MPI redistributable package.


Name RHEL/CentOS MacPorts Homebrew Ubuntu vcpkg
Berkeley DB libdb-cxx-devel db62 berkeley-db libdb++-dev berkeleydb
SQLite 3 sqlite-devel sqlite3 sqlite libsqlite3-dev sqlite3
Zlib zlib-devel zlib zlib zlib1g-dev zlib


Name RHEL/CentOS MacPorts Homebrew Ubuntu vcpkg
Portable Hardware Locality hwloc-devel hwloc hwloc libhwloc-dev hwloc


Name RHEL/CentOS MacPorts Homebrew Ubuntu vcpkg
ffmpeg Build from source, and install to /usr/local ffmpeg ffmpeg libavcodec-dev, libavformat-dev, libswscale-dev ffmpeg

NIST Biometric Image Software (NBIS)

NBIS is supported under current versions of RHEL/CentOS, Ubuntu, and macOS. The Framework repository contains a subset of NBIS that is built automatically.


The CMake build supports the following options:

CMake Option Default Description
BUILD_BIOMEVAL_SHARED ON Build shared library (i.e., .so, .dll, .dylib)
BUILD_BIOMEVAL_STATIC ON Build static library (i.e., .a, .lib)
BUILD_BIOMEVAL_TESTS ON Build test programs
BUILD_BIOMEVAL_32BIT OFF Compile 32-bit on 64-bit host OS

As Seen In...

NIST is committed to using Biometric Evaluation Framework in their biometric evaluations, including:


If you found a bug and can provide steps to reliably reproduce it, or if you have a feature request, please open an issue. Other questions may be addressed to the project maintainers.

Pull Requests

Thanks for your interest in submitting code to Biometric Evaluation Framework. In order to maintain our project goals, pull requests must:

  • adhere to the existing coding style;
  • use Framework types consistently wherever possible;
  • compile without warning under macOS and RHEL/CentOS 7.x;
  • only make use of POSIX APIs;
  • be in the public domain.

Pull requests may be subject to additional rules as imposed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Please contact the maintainers before starting work on or submitting a pull request.


Biometric Evaluation Framework is primarily maintained by Wayne Salamon and Gregory Fiumara, featuring code from several NIST contributors. This work has been sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


If you use Biometric Evaluation Framework in the course of your work, please consider linking back to our website or citing our manuscript:

Fiumara, G.; Salamon, W.; Watson, C, "Towards Repeatable, Reproducible, and Efficient Biometric Technology Evaluations," in Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS), 2015 IEEE 7th International Conference on, Sept. 8 2015-Sept 11 2015.


	author={Gregory Fiumara and Wayne Salamon and Craig Watson},
	title={{Towards Repeatable, Reproducible, and Efficient Biometric
	Technology Evaluations}},
	booktitle={Biometrics Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS), 2015 IEEE
	7th International Conference on},


Biometric Evaluation Framework is released in the public domain. See the LICENSE for details.