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

by thelma.stanton , in category: General Help , 5 months ago

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

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by sallie , 5 months ago


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 ( 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:
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

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


by anissa , a month ago


Additionally, if you are using Xcode as your IDE for C++ development on macOS, you can also link libraries directly within your Xcode project. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Open your Xcode project.
  2. Click on your project's name in the project navigator to open the project settings.
  3. Select your target under "Targets" in the sidebar.
  4. Go to the "Build Phases" tab.
  5. Expand the "Link Binary with Libraries" section.
  6. Click on the "+" button to add a new library.
  7. You can then either choose a library that is provided by macOS by selecting "Add Other" and searching for the library, or you can provide the path to the library if you have installed it manually.

By linking the library in your Xcode project, you can easily incorporate its functionality into your C++ code. Make sure to also include the necessary include paths and compiler flags in your Xcode project settings if required by the library.