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CMakeLists template

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|-- .clang-format
|-- CMakeLists.txt
|-- build
|-- bin
    |-- release
        |-- a.exe
    |-- debug
        |-- a.exe
|-- include
    |-- ProjectName
        |-- header1.h
        |-- header2.hpp
|-- src
    |-- main.cpp
    |-- class1.cpp

CMakeLists.txt template

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.12)
    VERSION 0.0.1
    DESCRIPTION "A lib for test"

file(GLOB_RECURSE source CONFIGURE_DEPENDS include/*.h include/*.hpp src/*.cpp)

find_package(Boost REQUIRED)
find_package(fmt REQUIRED)


add_executable(${PROJECT_NAME} ${source})
if (MSVC)
    # warning level 4 and all warnings as errors
    target_compile_options(${PROJECT_NAME} PRIVATE /W4)
    # lots of warnings and all warnings as errors
    target_compile_options(${PROJECT_NAME} PRIVATE -Wall -Wextra -Wpedantic)

target_include_directories(${PROJECT_NAME} PRIVATE ${CMAKE_CURRENT_SOURCE_DIR}/include)
# Without Boost::boost is also OK for header-only Boost libs
# using fmt::fmt-header-only for fmt header-only usage
target_link_libraries(${PROJECT_NAME} PRIVATE fmt::fmt Boost::boost)

VSCode launch.json for debugging


  • Make sure that cmake build type is debug instead of release. While RelWithDebInfo also contains debug info, there are some optimizations that may disturb debugging. So I recommend use debug.
  • When using VSCode CMakeTools extension, I recommend using the clang kit for compiling, because it may also be used in Windows, Linux and MacOS. Indeed the Windows' clang toolchain is a wrapper of MSVC, so the C/C++ extension is recommend for debugging in Windows platform instead of ==CodeLLDB ==.
  • I don't recommend using Mingw or Cygwin just because I don't like them. Do whatever you like.

    // Use IntelliSense to learn about possible attributes.
    // Hover to view descriptions of existing attributes.
    // For more information, visit:
    "version": "0.2.0",
    "configurations": [
            "name": "vsdbg Launch",
            "type": "cppvsdbg",
            "request": "launch",
            "program": "${workspaceFolder}/bin/Debug/a.exe",
            "args": [],
            "stopAtEntry": false,
            "cwd": "${workspaceRoot}",
            "environment": [],
            "console": "integratedTerminal"
            "type": "lldb",
            "request": "launch",
            "name": "lldb Launch",
            "program": "${workspaceFolder}/bin/Debug/a.exe",
            "args": [],
            "cwd": "${workspaceFolder}"