build2 | C/C++ Build Toolchain

build2 is an open source (MIT), cross-platform build toolchain that aims to approximate Rust Cargo's convenience for developing and packaging C/C++ projects while providing more depth and flexibility, especially in the build system.

build2 is a hierarchy of tools consisting of a general-purpose build system, package manager (for package consumption), and project manager (for project development). It is primarily aimed at C/C++ projects as well as mixed-language projects involving one of these languages (see bash and rust, for example).

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Starting a new project with build2 is as easy as:

$ bdep new -t exe -l c++ hello
$ cd hello
$ bdep init -C ../hello-gcc cc config.cxx=g++

Or to start hacking on an existing project (this time on Windows):

> git clone ssh://
> cd hello
> bdep init -C ..\hello-msvc cc config.cxx=cl

To get started, see the Toolchain Introduction and Installation Instructions. Alternatively, if you prefer to watch and listen, the CppCon 2018 presentation provides a good overview. To learn more about the project see the Documentation page.