Building from source OR-Tools C++ on Windows


This guide explains how to build from source OR-Tools, with support for C++, on Windows.

Unless you plan to modify the source code or use a third-party solver with OR-Tools, we recommend the package installation.

Although these instructions might also work on other Windows variants, we have only tested them on machines meeting the following requirements:

Windows 10 64-bit (x86_64) with:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio Enterprise 2022
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2022 Preview 2 or above


The following sections describe the prerequisites for installing OR-Tools.

Visual Studio

To build and run OR-Tools on Windows, you must have Visual Studio 2022 or later installed on your computer with the C++ toolset for Visual Studio.

You can find more details here.

To build OR-Tools programs from the command line you must use a x64 Native Tools Command Prompt (not the Developer Command Prompt).

You can find more details here.


Git, which can be downloaded from


CMake (>= 3.18), which can be downloaded from When installing CMake, select the option for a command-line accessible cmake.

Download the source code

There are two distinct branches of the OR-Tools source code on GitHub: stable and main.

The stable branch has been thoroughly tested and should work flawlessly on all supported platforms.
The main branch is where the latest updates and improvements have been applied; it's more current, but less stable.

Download the stable source code

You can get the stable source code for OR-Tools in either of the following ways:

  • Clone the stable branch by entering:

    git clone
  • Download the latest release in a compressed file, by clicking the Clone or download button in GitHub. image of clone or download button

Download the main source code

To retrieve the source code from the main branch, enter:

git clone -b main

Download previous releases

You can get the source code for previous releases in either of the following ways:

  • Download a previous release from the GitHub release page.
  • Assuming you have already created a local repository (by git clone), you can check out a specific release using a Git tag. For example, to work with the v9.10 release instead of the main branch, enter the following commands in your local repo:

    git fetch --all --tags --prune
    git checkout tags/v9.10 -b v9.10

Configure the build

Before building OR-Tools, you'll need to configure the CMake build system generator.

Open a terminal and navigate to the directory where you extracted the files. Then enter:

cmake -S . -B build -DBUILD_DEPS=ON

Checkout the CMake documentation for details.

Using SCIP

Since v7.8, SCIP is now integrated so you won't have to install it manually.

Using Gurobi

Gurobi is now pre-integrated. When needed, at runtime, OR-Tools will search for the Gurobi shared library in the default install path of the Gurobi installers on MAC OS X and Windows, or by using the GUROBI_HOME environment variable.

Using an optional third-party MIP solver

You can also use OR-Tools with any of the following optional third-party MIP solvers whose support is disabled by default:

Please take a look at this documentation for details.

Build the source code

To build the source code, open a terminal and navigate to the directory where you extracted the files. Then enter the following command to compile OR-Tools:

cmake --build build --config Release --target ALL_BUILD -j -v

Checkout the CMake documentation for details.

Test the source code

You can check that everything is running correctly by entering:

cmake --build build --config Release --target RUN_TESTS -v

This runs examples for OR-Tools. If all the examples run successfully, you are ready to get started with OR-Tools.

Cleaning the build files

If you need to re-install OR-Tools, the command:

rm -r build

will remove all compiled dependencies. This can be useful for resetting to a clean state.

Then re-enter the commands:

cmake -S . -B build -DBUILD_DEPS=ON

cmake --build build --config Release --target ALL_BUILD -j -v

Installing OR-Tools on your operating system

You can install OR-Tools for C++ on your operating system by entering:

cmake --build build --config Release --target INSTALL -v