Pkg-config support for Eclipse CDT

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Oxygen (4.7), Neon (4.6), Mars (4.5), Luna (4.4), Kepler (4.3), Juno (4.2, 3.8), Previous to Juno (<=4.1), Photon (4.8), 2018-09 (4.9)

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Solution Description

Provides automation of configuration needed for projects using pkg-config, such as GTK+ and gtkmm. Pkg-config utility outputs the necessary options needed to build a given package(s) that can be passed as compiler options.

Pkg-config support will set compiler and linker flags automatically that GCC needs to build selected packages - specifically includes, libraries, and some other GCC flags.

Cross platform support

Project can be held in a version control system and even if the packages have been selected in Linux, pulling the project in Windows will automatically update the flags (file-system paths etc).

Cross compilation environment support

Pkg-config plugin configuration is now per-project configuration rather than a global configuration. Path to the pkg-config binary can be set per-project.

UI Features

Property page

Used to select packages and set pkg-config configurations.

How to use

Find Pkg-config settings in project properties -> C/C++ Build -> Settings -> Pkg-config tab
Select packages that your project needs to build correctly. Under Advanced dialog you can set path to pkg-config utility and adjust the path with your custom parameters if you wish.


* Pkg-config utility installed * Libraries you need (e.g. gtk+, gtkmm) * For Windows: MinGW or Cygwin * CDT 8.0 and Eclipse 3.7.x (Indigo) or newer

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If you are having problems installing it is most probably because of not having CDT 8.0 or above.

Windows users: Do not install Gtk+ or Gtkmm in a path containing spaces, because pkg-config does not support spaces in paths.

Categories: Build and Deploy

Tags: pkg-config

Additional Details

Eclipse Versions: Oxygen (4.7), Neon (4.6), Mars (4.5), Luna (4.4), Kepler (4.3), Juno (4.2, 3.8), Previous to Juno (<=4.1), Photon (4.8), 2018-09 (4.9)

Platform Support: Windows, Mac, Linux/GTK

Organization Name: Petri Tuononen

Development Status: Production/Stable

Date Created: Friday, June 10, 2011 - 07:53

License: EPL

Date Updated: Monday, February 4, 2019 - 13:56

Submitted by: Petri Tuononen

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Correction of my previous comment: I've succesfully installed pkg-config on Eclipse CDT 2021-06, but not by drag-and-drop method, but clicking on Install button after finding pkg-config on Eclipse Marketplace from Help menu.

I've successfully installed pkg-config plugin on Eclipse CDT 2020-09. I don't know if it does matter, but I've updated Eclipse CDT 2020-09 previously.

Any chance to "upadate" to current WORKING 2020-03 version?

Not sure if I can "import" from 2018-09 at any form - source , execuable . library .



For example on compilation -IC:/msys64/mingw64/include/gtkmm-3.0 becomes -IC:/m y 64/mingw64/include/gtkmm-3.0. The library -l s (ells) are good and are listed/indexed under linker libraries.

I worked round (hacked) by creating a settings XML file from pkg-config output on the command line and importing same to the Eclipse project. This hack is not maintainable though.

I had used Mysys2 to install Mingw , Cygwin , gtk ... all up to date newest stable version and the problem is repeated on both tool chains.

Any suggestions to fix? Ta

Eclipse 2018-09 and Oxygen gives me "Unable to read repository at https ://"

infact browsing https :// gives me a 404 :(

I tested it in Neon on Fedora23. When I activate the pkg-config option is project's properties. The include paths and libraries does not work. But it works in Mars and Luna edition.