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Awesome CMake

A curated list of awesome CMake scripts, modules, examples and others

Your contributions are highly welcome (first see

There is another file with other links worth taking a look, but they use obsolete practices which are considered non-modern - like not using target_*-based dependency management - see #16 and #42 for more details.




  • Latest Documentation
  • FAQ
  • Wiki
  • Webinars
  • Web Book - CGold: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the CMake. [BSD2]
  • Modern CMake - Modern CMake PDF and samples by the creator of cmakepp. [MIT]
  • Tutorial - Modern CMake tutorials part1: CMake basics
  • Article - Easily supporting CMake install and find_package().
  • Article - Easy dependency management for C++ with CMake and Git.
  • Article - Opt-in header-only libraries with CMake.
  • Article - Ultimate Guide to Modern CMake.
  • Article - A list of common CMake antipatterns (from 2013 but still relevant).
  • Article - How to Build a CMake-Based Project.
  • Article - Learn CMake's Scripting Language in 15 Minutes.
  • Article - The architecture of CMake.
  • Lecture - Effective CMake - by Daniel Pfeifer, C++Now 2017.
  • Article - Building Cross-Platform CUDA Applications with CMake.
  • Tutorial - A step-by-step guide for understanding CMake.
  • Article + Lecture - Embracing Modern CMake - by Stephen Kelly.
  • Lecture - Modern CMake for Modular Design - by Mathieu Ropert, CppCon 2017.
  • Article - It's Time To Do CMake Right (one of the best articles about CMake).
  • Articles - A series on CMake - by Martin Hořeňovský
  • Lecture - Introduction to CMake - by Florent Castelli, C++ Sweden 2018.
  • Article - Some nice and accurate CMake tips.
  • Article - Modern CMake for Library Developers.
  • Article - Effective Modern CMake: a great summary of most good practices - by Manuel Binna.
  • Book - Professional CMake: A Practical Guide (paid).
  • Book - Effective CMake: Practical Advice to Write Better CMake (not fully written yet).
  • Web Book - An Introduction to Modern CMake.
  • YouTube Series - How to CMake Good. [CC0-1.0]
  • Lecture - More Modern CMake (slides & examples)- by Deniz Bahadir, Meeting C++ 2018.
  • Lecture - Oh No! More Modern CMake (slides)- by Deniz Bahadir, Meeting C++ 2019.
  • Article - Modifying the default CMake build types/flags, toolchains and patches - Oh my! - by Cristian Adam.
  • Tutorial - Tutorial and Example on How to Properly Use Modern CMake.

Package Management / Build Systems

  • hunter - Cross-platform package manager for C++ (based on CMake ExternalProject). [BSD2]
  • cget - CMake package retrieval. This can be used to download and install CMake packages. [BOOST]
  • cppan - C++ Archive Network - C++ Package Manager based on CMake, implemented in C++14. [APACHE2]
  • cpm - C++ Package Manager based on CMake and Git. [MIT]
  • conan - Conan C++ Package Manager, implemented in Python and has a CMake integration backend. [MIT]
  • fips - High-level build system/dependency management for distributed, multi-platform C/C++ projects. [MIT]
  • Ninja - Build system that differs from others in two major respects: it is designed to have its input files generated by a higher-level build system (like CMake), and it is designed to run builds as fast as possible. [APACHE2]
  • vcpkg - A tool to acquire and build C++ open source libraries. Uses CMake internally as a build script language. [MIT]
  • pmm - PMM is a module for CMake that manages... package managers. [MIT]
  • cpm - A setup-free CMake + git dependency manager. [MIT]


Utility Scripts

These provide a wide range of functionality - from dealing with compiler flags to using tools. Some also contain modules.


Examples / Templates



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