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Helper functions with CMake

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CMake Utils


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CMake is a powerful and easy to use build system for a wide variety of languages including:

  • C / C++
  • modern object-oriented Fortran 2008 / 2018
  • Python
  • Matlab / GNU Octave

It's important to use a recent CMake version to be effective and clean with CMake script.

Install CMake binary

The Python script takes only a minute to install binary and includes cmake-gui. It works for Linux, MacOS, native Windows and Windows Subsystem for Linux.


Note: new projects should consider Meson instead of or in addition to CMake. Meson can use CMake projects as subprojects (external projects).

Build CMake

CMake can be builts from source using either:

  • older version of CMake,
  • without CMake using the "bootstrap" method

The bootstrap method is only for Unix-like systems, while the CMake-based build can also be used on Windows. Any platform for which Kitware doesn't distribute binaries use this script, including IBM Power and ARM.


This downloads the latest CMake release source and builds from scratch.


  • SSL library
  • C++ compiler
  • GNU Make or Ninja


  • Download with git using FetchContent
  • Download and extract ZIP
  • measure system parameters with CMake. Note Cygwin reports really small RAM and zero virtual memory.

GNU Octave

Octave from CMake via our FindOctave.cmake works well from CMake for unit tests, liboctave, etc. for Octave ≥ 3.8. We didn't try older versions of Octave.


One-time setup: if you've never used mex before, you must setup the C++ compiler. It doesn't hurt to do this again if you're not sure. From Matlab:

mex -setup -client engine C++

Will ask you to select a compiler, or simply return:

ENGINE configured to use 'g++' for C++ language compilation.

CMake modules

To avoid duplication, we have several scientific computing CMake modules in scivision/fortran-libs repo.

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