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Install Boost#

This package contains the Boost C++ Libraries development files.

Install Boost (Ubuntu)#

Usually, you'll want to install all available Boost libraries. Note that you will be prompted for your password upon using sudo.

sudo apt install libboost-all-dev

In case you just want specific components of the Boost framework, check available packages (libboost-<component>-dev) first. For Boost.Thread:

sudo apt install libboost-thread-dev

Header-only Boost libraries are grouped in one single package, which is a common dependency for libboost-all-dev and libboost-<component>-dev:

sudo apt install libboost-dev

Install Boost (Windows)#

  • Download the source code from
  • Extract in a Boost folder located at C:\ or C:\Program files so that CMake find-modules can detect it.
  • Invoke the command line and navigate to the extracted folder (e.g. cd C:\Boost\boost_1_63_0).
  • Follow the instructions at to build all packages in the selected configuration. You may want to compile only specific modules, in which case refer to their documentation (
    • Run the bootstrap script (bootstrap.bat) prior to building anything.
    • Issuing b2 will build only static libraries for the default architecture and both Release and Debug configurations.
    • Issue b2 variant=release address-model=64 link=static,shared to build 64-bit static and dynamic binaries in Release configuration for all available Boost components.
    • Issue b2 property=value --with-<component> to build only specific Boost components (list). Use lower case. Example: b2 variant=release --with-thread will build release binaries for Boost.Thread. You can chain multiple --with-<component> options.
    • See #Properties for further details on the command line interface.