How to download, compile, and install CMake on Linux
CMake is a cross-platform, open-source build system. CMake is a family of tools designed to build, test and package software.
Here are the simple steps to download, configure, compile, and install CMake on a Linux machine. I have tested these instructions on Debian/Ubuntu Linux distributions but they should work on all Linux machines where compilers and make utilities are installed. Please take a look at configuring Ubuntu Linux after installation to configure your Debian/Ubuntu Linux box for the required tools.
Please make sure you check the downloaded file's integrity before unzipping it. '#' (w/o quotes) in front of commands below means you have to run the command as root user (or use sudo
$ wget http://www.cmake.org/files/v2.8/cmake-2.8.3.tar.gz
Extration of cmake source code from downloaded file:
$ tar xzf cmake-2.8.3.tar.gz $ cd cmake-2.8.3
If you want to see the available conifuration options, run command below.
$ ./configure --help
In order to configure cmake before installation, run command below.
$ ./configure --prefix=/opt/cmake
We basically instructed the install script to install CMake in /opt/cmake.
# make install
After installation without any errors you can verify the installation by running the command below:
$ /opt/cmake/bin/cmake -version
The output should look something like below (depending upon cmake version you are installing).
cmake version 2.8.3
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