How to initialize new C++ executable project using conan

In the directory where you want to create the project, run (obviously, replace mypackageby the name of everywhere in our code!)

conan new mypackage/1.0.0 -s

-s is important here. It tells conan that the source is available in the project directory and it should not be pulled using git etc.

This will initialize a shared library project, which we will now modify to build an executable.

First, open src/CMakeLists.txt and change add_library() to add_executable(), for example

add_library(mypackage mypackage.cpp)

to

add_executable(mypackage mypackage.cpp)

Now we shall modify conanfile.py to properly build & install the executable:

    def package(self):
        self.copy("*.h", dst="include", src="src")
        self.copy("*.lib", dst="lib", keep_path=False)
        self.copy("*.dll", dst="bin", keep_path=False)
        self.copy("*.dylib*", dst="lib", keep_path=False)
        self.copy("*.so", dst="lib", keep_path=False)
        self.copy("*.a", dst="lib", keep_path=False)
    def package_info(self):
        self.cpp_info.libs = ["NoxecoDB"]

with

    def package(self):
        self.copy("mypackage", src="bin", dst="bin", keep_path=False)

    def package_info(self):
        self.env_info.PATH = os.path.join(self.package_folder, "bin")

    def deploy(self):
        self.copy("mypackage", dst="bin", src="bin")

and add

import os.path

to the top of the file

Now let’s add a main() function to  src/mypackage.cpp. Replace the file’s content with

#include <iostream>

int main(int argc, char** argv) {
    std::cout << "Hello World!" <<std::endl;
}

Now it’s time to install the dependencies & build the project using

conan install . && conan build .

The executable will be in

bin/mypackage

You can run it using

./bin/mypackage

which will print

Hello World!

I also recommend to add this .gitignore:

CMakeCache.txt
CMakeFiles/
Makefile
bin/
cmake_install.cmake
conan.lock
conanbuildinfo.cmake
conanbuildinfo.txt
conaninfo.txt
graph_info.json