Visual Studio 12 2013

Deprecated. Generates Visual Studio 12 (VS 2013) project files.


This generator is deprecated and will be removed in a future version of CMake. It will still be possible to build with VS 12 2013 tools using the Visual Studio 14 2015 (or above) generator with CMAKE_GENERATOR_TOOLSET set to v120, or by using the NMake Makefiles generator.

For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.0, one may specify this generator using the name "Visual Studio 12" without the year component.

Project Types

Only Visual C++ and C# projects may be generated (and Fortran with Intel compiler integration). Other types of projects (JavaScript, Powershell, Python, etc.) are not supported.

Platform Selection

The default target platform name (architecture) is Win32.

New in version 3.1: The CMAKE_GENERATOR_PLATFORM variable may be set, perhaps via the cmake -A option, to specify a target platform name (architecture). For example:

  • cmake -G "Visual Studio 12 2013" -A Win32

  • cmake -G "Visual Studio 12 2013" -A x64

  • cmake -G "Visual Studio 12 2013" -A ARM

For compatibility with CMake versions prior to 3.1, one may specify a target platform name optionally at the end of the generator name. This is supported only for:

Visual Studio 12 2013 Win64

Specify target platform x64.

Visual Studio 12 2013 ARM

Specify target platform ARM.

Toolset Selection

The v120 toolset that comes with Visual Studio 12 2013 is selected by default. The CMAKE_GENERATOR_TOOLSET option may be set, perhaps via the cmake -T option, to specify another toolset.

New in version 3.8: For each toolset that comes with this version of Visual Studio, there are variants that are themselves compiled for 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) hosts (independent of the architecture they target). By default this generator uses the 32-bit variant even on a 64-bit host. One may explicitly request use of either the 32-bit or 64-bit host tools by adding either host=x86 or host=x64 to the toolset specification. See the CMAKE_GENERATOR_TOOLSET variable for details.

New in version 3.14: Added support for host=x86 option.