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Version: 3.7.1

CMake is a cross-platform, open-source build system designed to build, test and package software. CMake is used to control the software compilation process using platform and compiler independent configuration files.

Get the Code

Switch to /usr/local/src and download the source package.

cd /usr/local/src
curl --remote-name

Extract the archive and move into the folder.

tar -xzvf cmake-VERSION.tar.gz
cd cmake-VERSION

Compile and Install

Configure, compile and install into /usr/local/mac-dev-env/cmake-VERSION.

./bootstrap --prefix=/usr/local/mac-dev-env/cmake-VERSION
make install

Create a symbolic link to /usr/local/cmake.

ln -s mac-dev-env/cmake-VERSION /usr/local/cmake


Execute the following lines to update your Bash startup script.

echo 'export PATH=/usr/local/cmake/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.bash_profile

Load the new shell configurations.

source ~/.bash_profile

Verify the Installation

Verify that you have successfully installed CMake.

cmake --version