Installing or Building with CMake
Slint comes with a CMake integration that automates the compilation step of the
.slint markup language files and
offers a CMake target for convenient linkage.
Note: We recommend using the Ninja generator of CMake for the most efficient build and
.slint dependency tracking.
You can select the CMake Ninja backend by passing
-GNinja or setting the
CMAKE_GENERATOR environment variable to
We also provide binary packages of Slint for use with C++, which eliminates the need to have Rust installed in your development environment.
You can download one of our pre-built binaries for Linux or Windows on x86-64 architectures:
Click on the latest release
From “Assets” download either
slint-cpp-XXX-Linux-x86_64.tar.gzfor a Linux archive or
slint-cpp-XXX-win64.exefor a Windows installer. (“XXX” refers to the version of the latest release)
Uncompress the downloaded archive or run the installer.
After extracting the artifact or running the installer, you can place the
lib sub-directory into your
find_package(Slint) should succeed in locating the package.
In the next section you will learn how to use the installed library in your application
.slint UI files.
Building from Sources
The recommended and most flexible way to use the C++ API is to build Slint from sources.
First you need to install the prerequisites:
Install Rust by following the Rust Getting Started Guide. If you already have Rust installed, make sure that it’s at least version 1.59 or newer. You can check which version you have installed by running
rustc --version. Once this is done, you should have the
rustccompiler and the
cargobuild system installed in your path.
cmake (3.19 or newer)
A C++ compiler that supports C++20 (e.g., MSVC 2019 16.6 on Windows)
You can include Slint in your CMake project using CMake’s
Insert the following snippet into your
CMakeLists.txt to make CMake download the latest release, compile it and make the CMake integration available:
include(FetchContent) FetchContent_Declare( Slint GIT_REPOSITORY https://github.com/slint-ui/slint.git GIT_TAG release/0.2 SOURCE_SUBDIR api/cpp ) FetchContent_MakeAvailable(Slint)
If you prefer to treat Slint as an external CMake package, then you can also build Slint from source like a regular
CMake project, install it into a prefix directory of your choice and use
find_package(Slint) in your
The Slint run-time library supports different features that can be toggled. You might want to enable a feature that is not enabled by default but that is revelant for you, or you may want to disable a feature that you know you do not need and therefore reduce the size of the resulting library.
The CMake configure step offers CMake options for various feature that are all prefixed with
SLINT_FEATURE_. For example
you can make a build that exclusively supports Wayland on Linux by enabling the
SLINT_FEATURE_BACKEND_GL_WAYLAND feature and turning
SLINT_FEATURE_BACKEND_GL_ALL. There are different ways of toggling CMake options. For example on the command line using the
cmake -DSLINT_FEATURE_BACKEND_GL_ALL=OFF -DSLINT_FEATURE_BACKEND_GL_WAYLAND=ON ...
Alternatively, after the configure step you can use
ccmake on the build directory for a list of all features
and their description.
This works when compiling Slint as a package, using
cmake --build and
cmake --install, or when including Slint
It is possible to cross-compile Slint to a different target architecture when building with CMake. In order to complete that, you need to make sure that your CMake setup is ready for cross-compilation. You can find more information about how to set this up in the upstream CMake documentation. If you are building against a Yocto SDK, it is sufficient to source the SDK’s environment setup file.
Since Slint is implemented using the Rust programming language, you need to determine which Rust target matches the target architecture that you’re compiling to. Please consult the upstream Rust documentation to find the correct target name. Now you need to install the Rust toolchain:
rustup target add <target-name>
Then you’re ready to invoke CMake and you need to add
-DRust_CARGO_TARGET=<target name> to the CMake command line.
This ensures that the Slint library is built for the correct architecture.
For example if you are building against an embedded Linux Yocto SDK targeting an ARM64 board, the following commands show how to compile:
Install the Rust targe toolchain once:
rustup target add aarch64-unknown-linux-gnu
Set up the environment and build:
. /path/to/yocto/sdk/environment-setup-cortexa53-crypto-poky-linux cd slint mkdir build cd build cmake -DRust_CARGO_TARGET=aarch64-unknown-linux-gnu -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/slint/install/path .. cmake --build . cmake --install .