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This documentation explains how to compile Capstone with CMake, focus on
using Microsoft Visual C as the compiler.
To compile Capstone on *nix, see COMPILE.TXT.
To compile Capstone on Windows using Visual Studio, see COMPILE_MSVC.TXT.
This documentation requires CMake & Windows SDK or MS Visual Studio installed on
your machine.
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(0) Tailor Capstone to your need.
Out of archtitectures supported by Capstone, if you just need several selected archs,
run "cmake" with the unwanted archs disabled (set to 0) as followings.
- CAPSTONE_ARM_SUPPORT: support ARM. Run cmake with -DCAPSTONE_ARM_SUPPORT=0 to remove ARM.
- CAPSTONE_ARM64_SUPPORT: support ARM64. Run cmake with -DCAPSTONE_ARM64_SUPPORT=0 to remove ARM64.
- CAPSTONE_M680X_SUPPORT: support M680X. Run cmake with -DCAPSTONE_M680X_SUPPORT=0 to remove M680X.
- CAPSTONE_M68K_SUPPORT: support M68K. Run cmake with -DCAPSTONE_M68K_SUPPORT=0 to remove M68K.
- CAPSTONE_MIPS_SUPPORT: support Mips. Run cmake with -DCAPSTONE_MIPS_SUPPORT=0 to remove Mips.
- CAPSTONE_MOS65XX_SUPPORT: support MOS65XX. Run cmake with -DCAPSTONE_MOS65XX_SUPPORT=0 to remove MOS65XX.
- CAPSTONE_PPC_SUPPORT: support PPC. Run cmake with -DCAPSTONE_PPC_SUPPORT=0 to remove PPC.
- CAPSTONE_SPARC_SUPPORT: support Sparc. Run cmake with -DCAPSTONE_SPARC_SUPPORT=0 to remove Sparc.
- CAPSTONE_SYSZ_SUPPORT: support SystemZ. Run cmake with -DCAPSTONE_SYSZ_SUPPORT=0 to remove SystemZ.
- CAPSTONE_XCORE_SUPPORT: support XCore. Run cmake with -DCAPSTONE_XCORE_SUPPORT=0 to remove XCore.
- CAPSTONE_X86_SUPPORT: support X86. Run cmake with -DCAPSTONE_X86_SUPPORT=0 to remove X86.
- CAPSTONE_TMS320C64X_SUPPORT: support TMS320C64X. Run cmake with -DCAPSTONE_TMS320C64X_SUPPORT=0 to remove TMS320C64X.
- CAPSTONE_EVM_SUPPORT: support EVM. Run cmake with -DCAPSTONE_EVM_SUPPORT=0 to remove EVM.
- CAPSTONE_ARCHITECUTRE_DEFAULT: Whether architectures are enabled by default.
Set this of OFF with -DCAPSTONE_ARCHITECUTRE_DEFAULT=OFF to dissable all architectures by default.
You can then enable them again with one of the CAPSTONE_<ARCH>_SUPPORT options.
By default, all architectures are compiled in.
Besides, Capstone also allows some more customization via following macros.
- CAPSTONE_USE_SYS_DYN_MEM: change this to OFF to use your own dynamic memory management.
- CAPSTONE_BUILD_DIET: change this to ON to make the binaries more compact.
- CAPSTONE_X86_REDUCE: change this to ON to make X86 binary smaller.
- CAPSTONE_X86_ATT_DISABLE: change this to ON to disable AT&T syntax on x86.
By default, Capstone use system dynamic memory management, and both DIET and X86_REDUCE
modes are disabled. To use your own memory allocations, turn ON both DIET &
For each option, refer to docs/README for more details.
(1) CMake allows you to generate different generators to build Capstone. Below is
some examples on how to build Capstone on Windows with CMake.
(*) You can let CMake select a generator for you. Do:
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..
This last command is also where you can pass additional CMake configuration flags
using `-D<key>=<value>`. Then to build use:
cmake --build . --config Release
(*) To build Capstone using Nmake of Windows SDK, do:
mkdir build
cd build
After this, find the samples test*.exe, capstone.lib & capstone.dll
in the same directory.
(*) To build Capstone using Visual Studio, choose the generator accordingly to the
version of Visual Studio on your machine. For example, with Visual Studio 2013, do:
mkdir build
cd build
cmake -G "Visual Studio 12" ..
After this, find capstone.sln in the same directory. Open it with Visual Studio
and build the solution including libraries & all test as usual.
(2) You can make sure the prior steps successfully worked by launching one of the
testing binary (test*.exe).
(3) You can also enable just one specific architecture by passing the architecture name
to either the or nmake.bat scripts. e.g.:
../ x86
Will just target the x86 architecture. The list of available architectures is: ARM,
ARM64, M68K, MIPS, PowerPC, Sparc, SystemZ, XCore, x86, TMS320C64x, M680x, EVM, MOS65XX.
(4) You can also create an installation image with cmake, by using the 'install' target.
cmake --build . --config Release --target install
This will normally install an image in a default location (`C:\Program Files` on Windows),
so it's good to explicitly set this location when configuring CMake. Use: `-DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=image`
for instance, to put the installation in the 'image' subdirectory of the build directory.