Output directory for the MS debug symbols .pdb file generated by the linker for an executable or shared library target.

This property specifies the directory into which the MS debug symbols will be placed by the linker. The property value may use generator expressions. Multi-configuration generators append a per-configuration subdirectory to the specified directory unless a generator expression is used.

This property is initialized by the value of the CMAKE_PDB_OUTPUT_DIRECTORY variable if it is set when a target is created.


This property does not apply to STATIC library targets because no linker is invoked to produce them so they have no linker-generated .pdb file containing debug symbols.

The linker-generated program database files are specified by the /pdb linker flag and are not the same as compiler-generated program database files specified by the /Fd compiler flag. Use the COMPILE_PDB_OUTPUT_DIRECTORY property to specify the latter.