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CMake is a cross-platform, open-source system for managing the build process of software using a compiler-independent method. As CamiTK is multi-platform, when you download CamiTK sources it features a CMakeLists.txt file, which CMake will use to build a development environment according to your operating system. For instance, it is used to build Makefiles for Linux and Visual Studio solutions (.sln) for Windows.

How it works

CamiTK is based on Kitware’s CMake buid system generator. CMake allows the CamiTK project to use the same code on all the supported plateform (Linux, Windows and Mac/OS). It provides a GUI for its configuration on each platform. It also forces the separation between the source code and the build objects (.o, .lib…) (which is a good thing!)

Cmake Based

When using cmake you need to understand that:

  • the build directory is separate
  • starting from scratch it needs to be populated first by cmake, this is called the configuration phase
  • then the developer uses its own compiler toolchain to build the libraries and executable (we recommand Visual Studio of Qt Studio on Windows, and kdevelop or the command line on Unix)

CamiTK provides a lot of very easy-to-use macros to help you writing your extension. Most of the time you won’t need to edit the CMake configuration files (these are all the CMakeLists.txt files).



CMake installation is very simple:

  1. Download the latest Windows binary distribution of CMake.
  2. Follow the installation instructions.


Install CMake For MacOSX (check the install command line tools links)


Run in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install cmake cmake-qt-gui