How to install a library for c++ on macos?

by thelma.stanton , in category: General Help , 2 months ago

How to install a library for c++ on macos?

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by sallie , 2 months ago

@thelma.stanton 

To install a library for C++ on macOS, you can follow these general steps:

  1. Determine the library you want to install: Identify the library you need for your project and locate the installation files or source code. You can search for libraries on platforms like Homebrew (brew.sh) or you can download the source code from the library's official website.
  2. Install a package manager (optional): If you don't have a package manager installed on your macOS, it is recommended to install Homebrew. Homebrew makes it easier to manage and install libraries. You can install Homebrew by opening the Terminal and executing the following command:
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/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install.sh)"


  1. Install the library using a package manager: If the library is available on Homebrew, you can use the following command to install it:
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brew install library_name


Replace library_name with the name of the library you want to install.

  1. Install the library from source code: If you have downloaded the library's source code, follow these general steps: Extract the downloaded source code. Open Terminal and navigate to the extracted directory using the cd command. Typically, the source code comes with instructions on how to build and install the library. In most cases, you can use the following commands in order: ./configure make make install However, make sure to read any README or INSTALL file provided with the source code for specific instructions.


After following these steps, you should have the library installed on your macOS system, and you can start using it in your C++ projects.