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NAME

       cmake-generators - CMake Generators Reference

INTRODUCTION

       A  CMake  Generator  is responsible for writing the input files for a native build system.
       Exactly one of the CMake Generators must be selected for a build tree  to  determine  what
       native build system is to be used.  Optionally one of the Extra Generators may be selected
       as a variant of some of the Command-Line Build Tool Generators to  produce  project  files
       for an auxiliary IDE.

       CMake Generators are platform-specific so each may be available only on certain platforms.
       The cmake(1) command-line tool --help output lists available  generators  on  the  current
       platform.   Use  its  -G  option  to  specify  the  generator  for  a new build tree.  The
       cmake-gui(1) offers interactive selection of a generator when creating a new build tree.

CMAKE GENERATORS

   Command-Line Build Tool Generators
       These generators support command-line build tools.  In order to use them, one must  launch
       CMake  from  a  command-line prompt whose environment is already configured for the chosen
       compiler and build tool.

   Makefile Generators
   Borland Makefiles
       Generates Borland makefiles.

   MSYS Makefiles
       Generates makefiles for use with MSYS make under the MSYS shell.

       Use this generator in a MSYS shell prompt and using make as the build tool.  The generated
       makefiles  use /bin/sh as the shell to launch build rules.  They are not compatible with a
       Windows command prompt.

       To build under a Windows command prompt, use the MinGW Makefiles generator.

   MinGW Makefiles
       Generates makefiles for use with mingw32-make under a Windows command prompt.

       Use this generator under a Windows command  prompt  with  MinGW  in  the  PATH  and  using
       mingw32-make  as  the  build  tool.   The  generated makefiles use cmd.exe as the shell to
       launch build rules.  They are not compatible with MSYS or a unix shell.

       To build under the MSYS shell, use the MSYS Makefiles generator.

   NMake Makefiles
       Generates NMake makefiles.

   NMake Makefiles JOM
       Generates JOM makefiles.

   Unix Makefiles
       Generates standard UNIX makefiles.

       A hierarchy of UNIX makefiles is generated into the build tree.  Any  standard  UNIX-style
       make  program  can  build  the  project through the default make target.  A “make install”
       target is also provided.

   Watcom WMake
       Generates Watcom WMake makefiles.

   Ninja Generator
   Ninja
       Generates build.ninja files.

       A build.ninja file is generated into the build tree.  Recent versions of the ninja program
       can build the project through the “all” target.  An “install” target is also provided.

       For each subdirectory sub/dir of the project, additional targets are generated:

       sub/dir/all
              Depends on all targets required by the subdirectory.

       sub/dir/install
              Runs the install step in the subdirectory, if any.

       sub/dir/test
              Runs the test step in the subdirectory, if any.

       sub/dir/package
              Runs the package step in the subdirectory, if any.

   Fortran Support
       The  Ninja  generator  conditionally supports Fortran when the ninja tool has the required
       features.  As of this version of CMake the needed features have not been  integrated  into
       upstream  Ninja.   Kitware  maintains  a  branch  of  Ninja  with the required features on
       github.com/Kitware/ninja.

   IDE Build Tool Generators
       These generators support Integrated Development Environment (IDE)  project  files.   Since
       the IDEs configure their own environment one may launch CMake from any environment.

   Visual Studio Generators
   Visual Studio 6
       Removed.   This  once  generated Visual Studio 6 project files, but the generator has been
       removed since CMake 3.6.  It is still possible to build with VS 6 tools  using  the  NMake
       Makefiles generator.

   Visual Studio 7
       Removed.  This once generated Visual Studio .NET 2002 project files, but the generator has
       been removed since CMake 3.6.  It is still possible to build with VS 7.0 tools  using  the
       NMake Makefiles generator.

   Visual Studio 7 .NET 2003
       Removed.  This once generated Visual Studio .NET 2003 project files, but the generator has
       been removed since CMake 3.9.  It is still possible to build with VS 7.1 tools  using  the
       NMake Makefiles generator.

   Visual Studio 8 2005
       Deprecated.  Generates Visual Studio 8 2005 project files.

       NOTE:
          This generator is deprecated and will be removed in a future version of CMake.  It will
          still be possible to build with VS 8 2005 tools using the Visual  Studio  10  2010  (or
          above)  generator  with  CMAKE_GENERATOR_TOOLSET  set  to  v80,  or  by using the NMake
          Makefiles generator.

       The CMAKE_GENERATOR_PLATFORM variable may be set to specify a target platform name.

       For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.1, one may specify a target platform name
       optionally at the end of this generator name:

       Visual Studio 8 2005 Win64
              Specify target platform x64.

       Visual Studio 8 2005 <WinCE-SDK>
              Specify target platform matching a Windows CE SDK name.

   Visual Studio 9 2008
       Generates Visual Studio 9 2008 project files.

       The CMAKE_GENERATOR_PLATFORM variable may be set to specify a target platform name.

       For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.1, one may specify a target platform name
       optionally at the end of this generator name:

       Visual Studio 9 2008 Win64
              Specify target platform x64.

       Visual Studio 9 2008 IA64
              Specify target platform Itanium.

       Visual Studio 9 2008 <WinCE-SDK>
              Specify target platform matching a Windows CE SDK name.

   Visual Studio 10 2010
       Generates Visual Studio 10 (VS 2010) project files.

       The CMAKE_GENERATOR_PLATFORM variable may  be  set  to  specify  a  target  platform  name
       (architecture).

       For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.1, one may specify a target platform name
       optionally at the end of this generator name:

       Visual Studio 10 2010 Win64
              Specify target platform x64.

       Visual Studio 10 2010 IA64
              Specify target platform Itanium.

       For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.0, one may specify this  generator  using
       the name Visual Studio 10 without the year component.

   Toolset Selection
       The  v100  toolset  that  comes  with  Visual  Studio 10 2010 is selected by default.  The
       CMAKE_GENERATOR_TOOLSET option may be set, perhaps via the cmake(1) -T option, to  specify
       another toolset.

   Visual Studio 11 2012
       Generates Visual Studio 11 (VS 2012) project files.

       The  CMAKE_GENERATOR_PLATFORM  variable  may  be  set  to  specify  a target platform name
       (architecture).

       For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.1, one may specify a target platform name
       optionally at the end of this generator name:

       Visual Studio 11 2012 Win64
              Specify target platform x64.

       Visual Studio 11 2012 ARM
              Specify target platform ARM.

       Visual Studio 11 2012 <WinCE-SDK>
              Specify target platform matching a Windows CE SDK name.

       For  compatibility  with CMake versions prior to 3.0, one may specify this generator using
       the name “Visual Studio 11” without the year component.

   Toolset Selection
       The v110 toolset that comes with Visual Studio  11  2012  is  selected  by  default.   The
       CMAKE_GENERATOR_TOOLSET  option may be set, perhaps via the cmake(1) -T option, to specify
       another toolset.

   Visual Studio 12 2013
       Generates Visual Studio 12 (VS 2013) project files.

       The CMAKE_GENERATOR_PLATFORM variable may  be  set  to  specify  a  target  platform  name
       (architecture).

       For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.1, one may specify a target platform name
       optionally at the end of this generator name:

       Visual Studio 12 2013 Win64
              Specify target platform x64.

       Visual Studio 12 2013 ARM
              Specify target platform ARM.

       For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.0, one may specify this  generator  using
       the name “Visual Studio 12” without the year component.

   Toolset Selection
       The  v120  toolset  that  comes  with  Visual  Studio 12 2013 is selected by default.  The
       CMAKE_GENERATOR_TOOLSET option may be set, perhaps via the cmake(1) -T option, to  specify
       another toolset.

       For  each  toolset  that comes with this version of Visual Studio, there are variants that
       are themselves compiled for 32-bit (x86)  and  64-bit  (x64)  hosts  (independent  of  the
       architecture  they target).  By default Visual Studio chooses the 32-bit variant even on a
       64-bit host.  One may request use of the 64-bit host tools by adding a host=x64 option  to
       the toolset specification.  See the CMAKE_GENERATOR_TOOLSET variable for details.

   Visual Studio 14 2015
       Generates Visual Studio 14 (VS 2015) project files.

       The  CMAKE_GENERATOR_PLATFORM  variable  may  be  set  to  specify  a target platform name
       (architecture).

       For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.1, one may specify a target platform name
       optionally at the end of this generator name:

       Visual Studio 14 2015 Win64
              Specify target platform x64.

       Visual Studio 14 2015 ARM
              Specify target platform ARM.

   Toolset Selection
       The  v140  toolset  that  comes  with  Visual  Studio 14 2015 is selected by default.  The
       CMAKE_GENERATOR_TOOLSET option may be set, perhaps via the cmake(1) -T option, to  specify
       another toolset.

       For  each  toolset  that comes with this version of Visual Studio, there are variants that
       are themselves compiled for 32-bit (x86)  and  64-bit  (x64)  hosts  (independent  of  the
       architecture  they target).  By default Visual Studio chooses the 32-bit variant even on a
       64-bit host.  One may request use of the 64-bit host tools by adding a host=x64 option  to
       the toolset specification.  See the CMAKE_GENERATOR_TOOLSET variable for details.

   Visual Studio 15 2017
       Generates Visual Studio 15 (VS 2017) project files.

       The  CMAKE_GENERATOR_PLATFORM  variable  may  be  set  to  specify  a target platform name
       (architecture).

       For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.1, one may specify a target platform name
       optionally at the end of this generator name:

       Visual Studio 15 2017 Win64
              Specify target platform x64.

       Visual Studio 15 2017 ARM
              Specify target platform ARM.

   Instance Selection
       VS  2017  supports  multiple  installations on the same machine.  CMake queries the Visual
       Studio Installer to locate VS instances.  If more than one instance is installed we do not
       define  which one is chosen by default.  If the VS150COMNTOOLS environment variable is set
       and points to the Common7/Tools directory within one of the instances, that instance  will
       be  used.   The environment variable must remain consistently set whenever CMake is re-run
       within a given build tree.

   Toolset Selection
       The v141 toolset that comes with Visual Studio  15  2017  is  selected  by  default.   The
       CMAKE_GENERATOR_TOOLSET  option may be set, perhaps via the cmake(1) -T option, to specify
       another toolset.

       For each toolset that comes with this version of Visual Studio, there  are  variants  that
       are  themselves  compiled  for  32-bit  (x86)  and  64-bit (x64) hosts (independent of the
       architecture they target).  By default Visual Studio chooses the 32-bit variant even on  a
       64-bit  host.  One may request use of the 64-bit host tools by adding a host=x64 option to
       the toolset specification.  See the CMAKE_GENERATOR_TOOLSET variable for details.

   Other Generators
   Green Hills MULTI
       Generates Green Hills MULTI project files (experimental, work-in-progress).

       Customizations are available through the following cache variables:

       · GHS_BSP_NAME

       · GHS_CUSTOMIZATION

       · GHS_GPJ_MACROS

       · GHS_OS_DIR

       NOTE:
          This generator is deemed experimental as of  CMake  3.10.2  and  is  still  a  work  in
          progress.  Future versions of CMake may make breaking changes as the generator matures.

   Xcode
       Generate Xcode project files.

       This supports Xcode 3.0 and above.

   Toolset Selection
       By   default   Xcode   is   allowed   to   select   its   own   default   toolchain.   The
       CMAKE_GENERATOR_TOOLSET option may be set, perhaps via the cmake(1) -T option, to  specify
       another toolset.

EXTRA GENERATORS

       Some  of  the  CMake Generators listed in the cmake(1) command-line tool --help output may
       have variants that specify an extra generator for an auxiliary IDE tool.   Such  generator
       names  have the form <extra-generator> - <main-generator>.  The following extra generators
       are known to CMake.

   CodeBlocks
       Generates CodeBlocks project files.

       Project files  for  CodeBlocks  will  be  created  in  the  top  directory  and  in  every
       subdirectory   which   features   a  CMakeLists.txt  file  containing  a  PROJECT()  call.
       Additionally  a  hierarchy  of  makefiles  is  generated  into  the   build   tree.    The
       CMAKE_CODEBLOCKS_EXCLUDE_EXTERNAL_FILES  variable  may  be  set to ON to exclude any files
       which are located outside of the project root directory.  The appropriate make program can
       build  the  project  through  the  default  make  target.  A “make install” target is also
       provided.

       This “extra” generator may be specified as:

       CodeBlocks - MinGW Makefiles
              Generate with MinGW Makefiles.

       CodeBlocks - NMake Makefiles
              Generate with NMake Makefiles.

       CodeBlocks - NMake Makefiles JOM
              Generate with NMake Makefiles JOM.

       CodeBlocks - Ninja
              Generate with Ninja.

       CodeBlocks - Unix Makefiles
              Generate with Unix Makefiles.

   CodeLite
       Generates CodeLite project files.

       Project files for CodeLite will be created in the top directory and in every  subdirectory
       which    features    a   CMakeLists.txt   file   containing   a   project()   call.    The
       CMAKE_CODELITE_USE_TARGETS variable may be set to ON to change the default behaviour  from
       projects  to  targets  as  the  basis for project files.  The appropriate make program can
       build the project through the default make  target.   A  “make  install”  target  is  also
       provided.

       This “extra” generator may be specified as:

       CodeLite - MinGW Makefiles
              Generate with MinGW Makefiles.

       CodeLite - NMake Makefiles
              Generate with NMake Makefiles.

       CodeLite - Ninja
              Generate with Ninja.

       CodeLite - Unix Makefiles
              Generate with Unix Makefiles.

   Eclipse CDT4
       Generates Eclipse CDT 4.0 project files.

       Project  files for Eclipse will be created in the top directory.  In out of source builds,
       a linked resource to the top level source  directory  will  be  created.   Additionally  a
       hierarchy of makefiles is generated into the build tree.  The appropriate make program can
       build the project through the default make  target.   A  “make  install”  target  is  also
       provided.

       This “extra” generator may be specified as:

       Eclipse CDT4 - MinGW Makefiles
              Generate with MinGW Makefiles.

       Eclipse CDT4 - NMake Makefiles
              Generate with NMake Makefiles.

       Eclipse CDT4 - Ninja
              Generate with Ninja.

       Eclipse CDT4 - Unix Makefiles
              Generate with Unix Makefiles.

   KDevelop3
       Generates KDevelop 3 project files.

       Project  files  for  KDevelop  3  will  be  created  in  the  top  directory  and in every
       subdirectory which features a CMakeLists.txt file containing a  PROJECT()  call.   If  you
       change  the  settings  using  KDevelop  cmake  will try its best to keep your changes when
       regenerating the project files.  Additionally a hierarchy of UNIX makefiles  is  generated
       into  the  build tree.  Any standard UNIX-style make program can build the project through
       the default make target.  A “make install” target is also provided.

       This “extra” generator may be specified as:

       KDevelop3 - Unix Makefiles
              Generate with Unix Makefiles.

       KDevelop3
              Generate with Unix Makefiles.

              For historical reasons this extra generator may be specified directly as  the  main
              generator  and  it  will  be  used  as  the  extra  generator  with  Unix Makefiles
              automatically.

   Kate
       Generates Kate project files.

       A project file for Kate will be created in the  top  directory  in  the  top  level  build
       directory.   To  use  it in kate, the Project plugin must be enabled.  The project file is
       loaded in kate simply by opening the ProjectName.kateproject file in the editor.   If  the
       kate Build-plugin is enabled, all targets generated by CMake are available for building.

       This “extra” generator may be specified as:

       Kate - MinGW Makefiles
              Generate with MinGW Makefiles.

       Kate - NMake Makefiles
              Generate with NMake Makefiles.

       Kate - Ninja
              Generate with Ninja.

       Kate - Unix Makefiles
              Generate with Unix Makefiles.

   Sublime Text 2
       Generates Sublime Text 2 project files.

       Project  files  for  Sublime  Text  2  will  be  created in the top directory and in every
       subdirectory  which  features  a  CMakeLists.txt  file  containing   a   PROJECT()   call.
       Additionally  Makefiles  (or  build.ninja  files)  are generated into the build tree.  The
       appropriate make program can build the project through the default make target.   A  “make
       install” target is also provided.

       This “extra” generator may be specified as:

       Sublime Text 2 - MinGW Makefiles
              Generate with MinGW Makefiles.

       Sublime Text 2 - NMake Makefiles
              Generate with NMake Makefiles.

       Sublime Text 2 - Ninja
              Generate with Ninja.

       Sublime Text 2 - Unix Makefiles
              Generate with Unix Makefiles.

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