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All vcpkg enterprise features now generally available: versioning, binary caching, manifests and registries

We are announcing today that all major vcpkg enterprise features are no longer experimental. The latest vcpkg release makes versioning, binary caching, manifests and registries generally available to any developer, team or enterprise. We have steadily been adding to vcpkg over the years. What started as a small open source project to ...


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How to start using registries with vcpkg

For many users of vcpkg, the built-in repository of packages is completely sufficient. If you only need public, non-experimental libraries, the default vcpkg registry is completely fine. However, once you go outside of this world - once you have company-internal libraries, or you want to use experimental libraries, the recommended solution is ...


vcpkg Host Dependencies for Cross-Compilation

If you’re not familiar with our C++ library manager vcpkg, welcome! This post covers an intermediate/advanced topic, so you may want to first get an overview and try things out from the vcpkg GitHub page or some of our previous blogs.   Introduction One of the best features of C++ is that it generates tailored, specialized code for...


Registries: Bring your own libraries to vcpkg

Special thanks to Nicole Mazzuca for providing the content of this blog post. Are you working on a C++ project with library dependencies? Are you tired of maintaining a custom-built package management workflow with duct tape and git submodules? Then you should consider trying out a package manager. Perhaps you have been side-eyeing vcpkg ...


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vcpkg: Accelerate your team development environment with binary caching and manifests

 This post was updated on September 21, 2020 to add more information on the GitHub Packages binary caching example.  Please see our Visual Studio 2019 version 16.8 Preview 3 release notes for more of our latest features. September is the biggest month for us in the Microsoft C++ team as it’s CppCon month! Our team has many exciting ...


Vcpkg: 2019.06 Update

The 2019.06 update of vcpkg, a tool that helps you manage C and C++ libraries on Windows, Linux, and MacOS, is now available. This is the first time we’ve created a vcpkg release on our GitHub repository. This update is designed to bring you a summary of the new functionality and improvements made to vcpkg over about a month’s time. The ...


Vcpkg: introducing installation options with Feature Packages

We are happy to announce a new feature for vcpkg in version 0.0.103: Feature Packages. Vcpkg is a package manager to help acquiring and building open source libraries on Windows; vcpkg currently offers over 600 C++ libraries available for VS2017 and VS2015. With Feature Packages you have more control over how you build a library as you can ...


Vcpkg: 2019.07 Update

The 2019.07 update of vcpkg, a tool that helps you manage C and C++ libraries on Windows, Linux, and macOS, is now available. This update is a summary of the new functionality and improvements made to vcpkg over the past month. Last month was the first time we created a vcpkg release (Vcpkg: 2019.06 Update). In this post, we will cover ...