Cinder + Boost


The Boost libraries are a collection of peer-reviewed open source C++ libraries. Cinder primarily relies on Boost.filesystem, and it in turn requires Boost.system. Also note that VC 2015 does not depend on any Boost binaries.

Setting up Boost

Cinder ships with the required binaries for Boost and in general you should not need to build Boost itself, even if you're working from GitHub. However if you would like to upgrade your copy of Boost from the included version, these instructions will guide you through the process.

If you want to download the same version as the one we're using in Cinder, grab version 1.60. You can do so from this site:

Cinder ships the subset of Boost generated by the bcp tool, with the following parameters:

bcp filesystem geometry preprocessor container lexical_cast logic circular_buffer cinder_boost/

Building Boost (Advanced Users)

Here's how to compile Boost yourself:

OS X & iOS:

You'll need to create ~/user-config.jam with the following (and possibly correct the paths to the iOS SDKs):

using clang : osx
: xcrun clang -arch i386 -arch x86_64 -stdlib=libc++ -std=c++11 -mmacosx-version-min=10.8 -fvisibility-inlines-hidden

using clang : ios
: xcrun clang -arch armv7 -arch arm64 -stdlib=libc++ -std=c++11 -miphoneos-version-min=6.0 -fvisibility-inlines-hidden -isysroot /Applications/

using clang : ios_sim
: xcrun clang -arch i386 -arch x86_64 -stdlib=libc++ -std=c++11 -miphoneos-version-min=6.0 -fvisibility-inlines-hidden -isysroot /Applications/


cd cinder/boost
./ -with-libraries=filesystem,system
./b2 -a -j4 toolset=clang-osx link=static stage
cp stage/lib/*.a ../lib/macosx


rm -rf stage
rm -rf bin.v2
./b2 -a -j4 toolset=clang-ios link=static stage
cp stage/lib/*.a ../lib/ios

iOS Simulator:

rm -rf stage
rm -rf bin.v2
./b2 -a -j4 toolset=clang-ios_sim link=static stage
cp stage/lib/*.a ../lib/ios-sim

Visual C++ 2013:

From the Command Prompt, start by running

C: Files (x86) Visual Studio 12.0.bat:
cd cinder\boost
b2 runtime-link=static debug-symbols=off optimization=space --with-filesystem --with-system

Visual C++ 2013 x64:

From the Command Prompt, start by running:

C: Files (x86) Visual Studio 12.0.bat x86_amd64:
cd cinder\boost
b2 runtime-link=static address-model=64 debug-symbols=off optimization=space --with-filesystem --with-system

Visual C++ 2015:

Cinder does not have any binary dependencies when using VC 2015.


You'll need to copy tools/android/scripts/user-config.jam to your home directory, and also ensure that $NDK_ROOT is set properly. From the Terminal:

cd tools/android/scripts


./b2 debug-symbols=off optimization=space --with-filesystem --with-system define=_GLIBCXX_USE_CXX11_ABI=0 stage