Installing OR-Tools for C++ from Binary on Windows

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This guide explains how to install OR-Tools for C++ on Windows.

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 [Community] 2022
  • Microsoft Visual Studio [Community] 2019


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 2019 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.

Installing OR-Tools

Take the following steps to install the OR-Tools library for C++:

Download and extract the binary distribution for your system:

Validate your installation

To test your C++ installations, open a x64 Native Tools Command Prompt and navigate to the directory where you unpacked the binary distribution. Then enter the following command:

tools\make test
This runs a selection of examples for OR-Tools. If all the examples run successfully, you are ready to get started with OR-Tools.