conan create

$ conan create [-h] [-j JSON] [-k] [-kb] [-ne] [-tbf TEST_BUILD_FOLDER]
               [-tf TEST_FOLDER] [-m [MANIFESTS]]
               [-mi [MANIFESTS_INTERACTIVE]] [-v [VERIFY]] [-b [BUILD]]
               [-e ENV] [-o OPTIONS] [-pr PROFILE] [-r REMOTE]
               [-s SETTINGS] [-u]
               path reference

Builds a binary package for a recipe (

Uses the specified configuration in a profile or in -s settings, -o options etc. If a ‘test_package’ folder (the name can be configured with -tf) is found, the command will run the consumer project to ensure that the package has been created correctly. Check ‘conan test’ command to know more about ‘test_folder’ project.

positional arguments:
  path                  Path to a folder containing a or to a
                        recipe file e.g., my_folder/
  reference             user/channel, version@user/channel or
                        pkg/version@user/channel (if name or version declared
                        in, they should match)

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -j JSON, --json JSON  json file path where the install information will be
                        written to
  -k, -ks, --keep-source
                        Do not remove the source folder in local cache, even
                        if the recipe changed. Use this for testing purposes
  -kb, --keep-build     Do not remove the build folder in local cache. Implies
                        --keep-source. Use this for testing purposes only
  -ne, --not-export     Do not export the
  -tbf TEST_BUILD_FOLDER, --test-build-folder TEST_BUILD_FOLDER
                        Working directory for the build of the test project.
  -tf TEST_FOLDER, --test-folder TEST_FOLDER
                        Alternative test folder name. By default it is
                        "test_package". Use "None" to skip the test stage
  -m [MANIFESTS], --manifests [MANIFESTS]
                        Install dependencies manifests in folder for later
                        verify. Default folder is .conan_manifests, but can be
                        Install dependencies manifests in folder for later
                        verify, asking user for confirmation. Default folder
                        is .conan_manifests, but can be changed
  -v [VERIFY], --verify [VERIFY]
                        Verify dependencies manifests against stored ones
  -b [BUILD], --build [BUILD]
                        Optional, use it to choose if you want to build from
                        sources: --build Build all from sources, do not use
                        binary packages. --build=never Never build, use binary
                        packages or fail if a binary package is not found.
                        --build=missing Build from code if a binary package is
                        not found. --build=cascade Will build from code all
                        the nodes with some dependency being built (for any
                        reason). Can be used together with any other build
                        policy. Useful to make sure that any new change
                        introduced in a dependency is incorporated by building
                        again the package. --build=outdated Build from code if
                        the binary is not built with the current recipe or
                        when missing binary package. --build=[pattern] Build
                        always these packages from source, but never build the
                        others. Allows multiple --build parameters. 'pattern'
                        is a fnmatch file pattern of a package reference.
                        Default behavior: If you don't specify anything, it
                        will be similar to '--build=never', but package
                        recipes can override it with their 'build_policy'
                        attribute in the
  -e ENV, --env ENV     Environment variables that will be set during the
                        package build, -e CXX=/usr/bin/clang++
  -o OPTIONS, --options OPTIONS
                        Define options values, e.g., -o Pkg:with_qt=true
  -pr PROFILE, --profile PROFILE
                        Apply the specified profile to the install command
  -r REMOTE, --remote REMOTE
                        Look in the specified remote server
  -s SETTINGS, --settings SETTINGS
                        Settings to build the package, overwriting the
                        defaults. e.g., -s compiler=gcc
  -u, --update          Check updates exist from upstream remotes

This is the recommended way to create packages.

The reference field can be:

  • A complete package reference: pkg/version@user/channel. In this case, the recipe doesn’t need to declare the name or the version. If the recipe declares them, they should match the provided values in the command line.
  • The user and channel: user/channel. The command will assume that the name and version are provided by the recipe.
  • The version, user and channel: version@user/channel. The recipe must provide the name, and if it does provide the version, it should match the command line one.

conan create . demo/testing is equivalent to:

$ conan export . demo/testing
$ conan install Hello/0.1@demo/testing --build=Hello
# package is created now, use test to test it
$ cd test_package
$ conan test . Hello/0.1@demo/testing


Sometimes you need to skip/disable test stage to avoid a failure while creating the package, i.e: when you are cross compiling libraries and target code cannot be executed in current host platform. In that case you can skip/disable the test package stage:

$ conan create . demo/testing --test-folder=None

conan create executes methods of a in the following order:

  1. config_options()
  2. configure()
  3. requirements()
  4. package_id()
  5. build_requirements()
  6. build_id()
  7. system_requirements()
  8. source()
  9. imports()
  10. build()
  11. package()
  12. package_info()

In case of installing a pre-built binary, steps from 5 to 11 will be skipped. Note that deploy() method is only used in conan install.