One-step build/install CMake

In general CMake ≥ 3.14 is strongly recommended in general for more robust and easy syntax.

Compile/Install CMake

This will get you the latest release of CMake. For Linux and Mac, admin/sudo is NOT required.

pip

There is an unoffical PyPi CMake package. It’s not always up to the latest release, but is an alternative:

pip install cmake

CMake major versions

  • 3.16: Precompiled headers, unity builds, many advanced project features
  • 3.15: CMAKE_GENERATOR environment variable works like -G option
  • 3.14: check_fortran_source_runs(), better FetchContent
  • 3.13: ctest --progress, better Matlab compiler support, lots of new linking options, fixes to Fortran submodule bugs, cmake -B build incantation
  • 3.12: transitive library specification (out of same directory), full Fortran Submodule support
  • 3.11: specify targets initially w/o sources
  • 3.10: added Fortran Flang (LLVM) compiler, extensive MPI features added
  • 3.9: further C# and Cuda support originally added in CMake 3.8.
  • 3.8: Initial Cuda support
  • 3.7: comparing ≤ ≥ , initial Fortran submodule support
  • 3.6: better OpenBLAS support
  • 3.5: Enhanced FindBoost target with auto Boost prereqs
  • 3.4: Limit CPU usage when using ctest -j parallel tests
  • 3.3: List operations such as IN_LIST