CMake 3.9.0 available for download

I am proud to announce that CMake 3.9.0 is now available for download at.

Documentation is available at:

Release notes appear below and are also published at

Some of the more significant changes in CMake 3.9 are:

  • The “Visual Studio 14 2015” generator has been taught about a
    change to the “v140” toolset made by a VS 2015 update. VS changed
    the set of values it understands for the “GenerateDebugInformation”
    linker setting that produces the “-DEBUG” linker flag variants.
  • “CUDA” is now supported by the Visual Studio Generators for VS
    2010 and above. This complements the existing support by the
    Makefile Generators and the “Ninja” generator. CUDA 8.0.61 or higher
    is recommended due to known bugs in the VS integration by earlier
  • CMake is now aware of the “C++ standards” and “C standards” and
    their associated meta-features for the following “compiler ids”:
    “Cray”, “PGI”, and “XL”.
  • The “add_library()” command “IMPORTED” option learned to support
    Object Libraries.
  • All “find_” commands now have a “PACKAGE_ROOT” search path group
    that is first in the search heuristics. If a “find_” command is
    called from inside a find module, then the CMake variable and
    environment variable named “_ROOT” are used as prefixes
    and are the first set of paths to be searched.
  • The “install(TARGETS)” command learned a new “OBJECTS” option to
    specify where to install Object Libraries.
  • The “install(EXPORT)” command learned how to export Object
  • A “BUILD_WITH_INSTALL_NAME_DIR” target property and corresponding
    “CMAKE_BUILD_WITH_INSTALL_NAME_DIR” variable were added to control
    whether to use the “INSTALL_NAME_DIR” target property value for
    binaries in the build tree. This is for macOS “install_name” as
  • A “CUDA_PTX_COMPILATION” target property was added to Object
    Libraries to support compiling to “.ptx” files instead of host
    object files.
  • A new “GoogleTest” module was added to provide the
    “gtest_add_tests()” function independently of the “FindGTest”
    module. The function was also updated to support keyword arguments,
    with functionality expanded to allow a test name prefix and suffix
    to be specified, the dependency on the source files to be optional
    and the list of discovered test cases to be returned to the caller.
  • The “Ninja” generator has loosened the dependencies of object
    compilation. Object compilation now depends only on custom targets
    and custom commands associated with libraries on which the object’s
    target depends and no longer depends on the libraries themselves.
    Source files in dependent targets may now compile without waiting
    for their targets’ dependencies to link.
  • Interprocedural optimization (IPO) is now supported for GNU and
    Clang compilers using link time optimization (LTO) flags. See the
    “INTERPROCEDURAL_OPTIMIZATION” target property and
    “CheckIPOSupported” module.
  • The “TARGET_OBJECTS” “generator expression” is now supported by
    the “add_custom_command()” and “file(GENERATE)” commands.



2 Responses to CMake 3.9.0 available for download

  1. Todd Lipcon says:

    Is this the final release? The title indicates 3.9.0 but the top line indicates it’s a release candidate.

    • Robert Maynard says:

      It was a template error, thanks for spotting. I have updated the post to clarify that this is the official release of 3.9.0 .

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