VTK/Building/VisualStudio

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With Visual Studio 2010 on Windows 7:

  • Launch the CMake GUI
  • Next to "Where is the source code:", click "Browse Source..." and navigate to where you cloned the repository with Git.
  • Next to "Where to build the binaries:", select "Browse Build..." and select a place to build the VTK library. I like to use c:\build\VTK. This directory should NOT be inside the directory where you cloned the repository.
  • Click "Configure", and then specify "Visual Studio 10" as the generator for this project.
  • Choose your build options. I like to UNCHECK BUILD_EXAMPLES and BUILD_TESTING as they speed up the build process significantly.
  • If you choose the Qt module, you will also need Qt for Open Source C++ development on Windows (VS2010) (http://qt.nokia.com/downloads/windows-cpp-vs2010). NOTE: the "QT SDK" does NOT contain qmake.exe and hence is not sufficient to build against.
  • Click "Generate".
  • Open Visual Studio 2010
  • Open Project
  • Navigate to the Build directory you specified through CMake
  • Open the ALL_BUILD project
  • From the Build menu, choose "Build Solution" (or "Build ALL_BUILD")