Setting up vcpkg and dependencies

These instructions assume that you have git properly installed.

To begin, open a command prompt with administrator privileges. Click on the start button and type in cmd. Right click on Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.

When asked, click Yes and a command prompt will open up.

You can install vcpkg anywhere you want. To make it easy, I'm going to install it in C:\vcpkg. To do that, you'll need to create the directory.

Enter the following commands pressing enter after every line:


You will now be at the root directory of the C:\ drive (or whatever is your primary disk, usually C:\ but sometimes other letters). Anyway, now we need clone the vcpkg git repository. Type git clone https://github.com/microsoft/vcpkg.git and press enter. Assuming Git is installed properly, the vcpkg repository will be cloned into C:\vcpkg. Now type cd vcpkg and press enter to change to the vcpkg directory.

Next you'll type bootstrap-vcpkg and press enter. It will take a few minutes for vcpkg to builds itself. After it finishes your prompt should look like this:

Next we need to integrate vcpkg with Visual Studio. To do this, type vcpkg integrate install and press enter.

Optional Build Steps

NAS2D's (the middleware that OutpostHD is based on) build process includes a batch file that installs and integrates the necessary dependencies to build itself and OutpostHD. The following steps are optional but can save you a bit of time for the first time you build NAS2D.

We're almost done, we're in the home stretch! Type vcpkg install glew:x86-windows glew:x64-windows physfs:x86-windows physfs:x64-windows sdl2:x64-windows sdl2:x86-windows sdl2-image:x64-windows sdl2-image:x86-windows sdl2-mixer:x64-windows sdl2-mixer:x86-windows sdl2-ttf:x64-windows sdl2-ttf:x86-windows and press enter. This will proceed to download and install the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of all required dependencies. This process will take awhile, so just hang out and wait for the process to complete.

And that's it! vcpkg and the dependencies that OutpostHD will require are installed! You can see on my machine it took about 5 minutes to build but on my laptop it took 20 minutes. You can just let the process work in the background and you're done.

  • outposthd/vcpkg.txt
  • Last modified: 2020/05/16 17:01
  • by leeor_net