ManuelSchneid3r ManuelSchneid3r - 1 month ago 15
C++ Question

How to properly setup googleTest on OS X aside from XCode

How do I setup gTest, so that I can link aganist the library? I will code in vim, so I just want to install the libraries, unlike the XCode setup. Goal is to be able to link a project against the library by setting

-lgtest
as linker flag and optionally, if I did not write my own test mainroutine, the explicit
-lgtest_main
flag.

Answer

Before you start make sure your have read and understood this note from Google! This tutorial makes using gtest easy, but may introduce nasty bugs.

1. Get the googletest framework

$ wget https://github.com/google/googletest/archive/release-1.8.0.zip

Or get it by hand. I guess I won't manitain this little How-to, so if you stumbled upon it and the links are outdated, feel free to edit it.

2. Unzip and build google test

$ unzip gtest-1.8.0.zip
$ cd gtest-1.8.0
$ ./configure
$ make

3. "Install" the headers and libs on your system.

$ sudo cp -a include/gtest /usr/include
$ sudo cp -a lib/.libs/* /usr/lib/

gTestframework is now ready to use. Just don't forget to link your project against the library by setting -lgtest as linker flag and optionally, if you did not write your own test mainroutine, the explicit -lgtest_main flag.

From here on you might want to go to Googles documentation about the framework to learn how it works. Happy coding!

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