This library can either be used CMake's add_subdirectory() command or installed globally.


  • git
  • CMake version 3.1 or higher
  • GCC 4.9 or higher, or clang 3.5 or higher or Visual Studio 14 or higher

As subdirectory of your project

1. Fetching

It is recommended to setup a git submodule inside your project. Simply run:

  1. git submodule add ext/memory. This will clone the latest commit into a local directory ext/memory and registers it as a submodule.
  2. git submodule update --init --recursive. This will fetches the latest commits from all submodules memory itself is using.

If you later want to update your local copy to the latest version, simply run: git submodule update --recursive --remote.

2. CMake Setup

I am assuming that there is a local copy of the library source files under the path ext/memory.

In your CMakeLists.txt place a call to add_subdirectory(ext/memory). This will make all targets of memory available inside your CMakeLists.txt. If you want to configure the library, add set(option value CACHE INTERNAL "" FORCE) before the add_subdirectory() command. See options for a list of all configuration options and CMake variables.

Now the targets is available and to use the library in your application, call to target_link_libraries(target foonathan_memory). This will also setups the include search path of the compiler, as well as other required flags.

3. Code Usage

In your code you simply need to include the appropriate headers and you are good to got. Everything is under the subdirectory foonathan/memory so write #include <foonathan/memory/heap_allocator.hpp> to use the heap_allocator.

Installing the library

Download or clone the source for the library version you want to install. You can build the library inside the source directory, it will not be needed after the installation.

For each build type, run cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE="buildtype" -DFOONATHAN_MEMORY_BUILD_EXAMPLES=OFF -DFOONATHAN_MEMORY_BUILD_TESTS=OFF . with possible other options to configure, then simply cmake --build . -- install to build and install the library. This will install the header files under ${CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX}/include/foonathan_memory-${major}.${minor}, the tools under ${CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX}/bin and the build artifacts under ${CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX}/lib/foonathan_memory-${major}.${minor}. By default, ${CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX} is /usr/local under UNIX and C:/Program Files under Windows, installation may require sudo/administrative privileges.

It is recommended that you install the library for the Debug, RelWithDebInfo and Release build types. Each build type allows different CMake configurations and compiler flags, you can also create your own.

Using an installed library (CMake)

After you've installed the library, all you need to call is find_package(foonathan_memory major.minor REQUIRED) to find it. This will look for a library installation of a compatible version and the same build type as your project, i.e. if you compile under build type Debug, it will also match the Debug library. This should work without your help, otherwise it will tell you what to do.

A 0.x version requires an exact match in the call to find_package(), otherwise a library with same major version and a higher minor version is also compatible. If you want only exact version matches add the EXACT flag to find_package().

If a right library version/configuration cannot be found, this is an error due to the REQUIRED. If this is not what you want, leave it out and do conditionals based on the CMake variable foonathan_memory_FOUND. In the source code, all targets linking to the library have the macro FOONATHAN_MEMORY defined automatically, as FOONATHAN_MEMORY_VERSION_MAJOR/MINOR. Use conditional compilation with them.

After that you can link to the library by calling target_link_libraries(your_target PUBLIC foonathan_memory). This setups everything needed.

Then simply include the headers, everything is under the subdirectory foonathan/memory so write #include <foonathan/memory/heap_allocator.hpp> to use the heap_allocator.

Using an installed library (other buildsystems)

To use the library with other build-systems, add ${CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX}/include/foonathan_memory-${major}.${minor} and ${CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX}/lib/foonathan_memory-${major}.${minor}/${CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE} to your include directories path. Link to the library file in ${CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX}/lib/foonathan_memory-${major}.${minor}/${CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE} and enable the right C++ standard for your configuration.

You should also globally define the FOONATHAN_MEMORY macro as 1 and the FOONATHAN_MEMORY_VERSION_MAJOR/MINOR macros as the corresponding values.