build - How to link C++program with Boost using CMake

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What should my cmake file should look like for linking my program with boost library under Ubuntu?

The errors show during running make:

main.cpp:(.text+0x3b): undefined reference to `boost::program_options::options_description::m_default_line_length'

The main file is really simple:

#include <boost/program_options/options_description.hpp>
#include <boost/program_options/option.hpp>
using namespace std;
#include <iostream>

namespace po = boost::program_options;

int main(int argc, char** argv) {

    po::options_description desc("Allowed options");
        ("help", "produce help message")

    return 0;

I've managed to do that, the only lines that I've added to my cmake files were:



In CMake you could use find_package to find libraries you need. There usually is a FindBoost.cmake along with your CMake-Installation.

As far as I remember it will be installed to /usr/share/cmake/Modules/ along with other find-scripts for common libraries. You could just check the documentation in that file for more info about how it works.

I'm not at work now, so I could just provide an example out of my head:

FIND_PACKAGE( Boost 1.40 COMPONENTS program_options REQUIRED )

ADD_EXECUTABLE( anyExecutable myMain.cpp )


Hope this code helps.

Which Boost library? Many of them are pure templates and do not require linking.

Edit Now that actually showed concrete example which tells us that you want Boost program options (and even more told us that you are on Ubuntu), you need to do two things:

  1. install libboost-program-options-dev so that you can link against it
  2. tell cmake to link against libboost_program_options

I mostly use Makefiles so here is the direct command-line use:

$ g++ boost_program_options_ex1.cpp -o bpo_ex1 -lboost_program_options
$ ./bpo_ex1
$ ./bpo_ex1 -h
$ ./bpo_ex1 --help
$ ./bpo_ex1 -help

Doesn't do a lot it seems.

For CMake, you need to add boost_program_options to the list of libraries, IIRC this is done via SET(liblist boost_program_options) in your CMakeLists.txt.

Adapting @MOnsDaR answer for modern CMake syntax with imported targets, this would be:

find_package(Boost 1.40 COMPONENTS program_options REQUIRED)

add_executable(anyExecutable myMain.cpp)

target_link_libraries(anyExecutable Boost::program_options)

Note that it is not necessary to specify the include directories manually, since it is already taken care of through the imported target Boost::program_options.

The following is my configuration:

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 2.8)
set(Boost_INCLUDE_DIR /usr/local/src/boost_1_46_1)
set(Boost_LIBRARY_DIR /usr/local/src/boost_1_46_1/stage/lib)
find_package(Boost COMPONENTS system filesystem REQUIRED)

add_executable(main main.cpp)
target_link_libraries( main ${Boost_LIBRARIES} )

If you use mutexes to protect all your data, you really shouldn't need to worry. Mutexes have always provided sufficient ordering and visibility guarantees.

Now, if you used atomics, or lock-free algorithms, you need to think about the memory model. The memory model describes precisely when atomics provide ordering and visibility guarantees, and provides portable fences for hand-coded guarantees.

Previously, atomics would be done using compiler intrinsics, or some higher level library. Fences would have been done using CPU-specific instructions (memory barriers).

c++ boost cmake