This is the reference page for visual_studio generator. Go to Integrations/Visual Studio if you want to learn how to integrate your project or recipes with Visual Studio.

Generates a file named conanbuildinfo.props containing an XML that can be imported to your Visual Studio project.

Generated xml structure:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Project ToolsVersion="4.0" xmlns="">
  <ImportGroup Label="PropertySheets" />
  <PropertyGroup Label="UserMacros" />
  <PropertyGroup Label="Conan-RootDirs">
    <Conan-Lib1-Root>{PACKAGE LIB1 FOLDER}</Conan-Poco-Root>
    <Conan-Lib2-Root>{PACKAGE LIB2 FOLDER}</Conan-Poco-Root>
  <PropertyGroup Label="ConanVariables">
    <ConanBinaryDirectories>{CONAN BINARY DIRECTORIES LIST}</ConanBinaryDirectories>
    <ConanResourceDirectories>{CONAN RESOURCE DIRECTORIES LIST}</ConanResourceDirectories>
    <LocalDebuggerEnvironment>PATH=%PATH%;{CONAN BINARY DIRECTORIES LIST}</LocalDebuggerEnvironment>
      <AdditionalIncludeDirectories>{CONAN INCLUDE DIRECTORIES LIST}%(AdditionalIncludeDirectories)</AdditionalIncludeDirectories>
      <PreprocessorDefinitions>{CONAN DEFINITIONS}%(PreprocessorDefinitions)</PreprocessorDefinitions>
      <AdditionalOptions> %(AdditionalOptions)</AdditionalOptions>
      <AdditionalLibraryDirectories>{CONAN LIB DIRECTORIES LIST}%(AdditionalLibraryDirectories)</AdditionalLibraryDirectories>
      <AdditionalDependencies>{CONAN LIBS LIST}</AdditionalDependencies>
      <AdditionalOptions> %(AdditionalOptions)</AdditionalOptions>
  <ItemGroup />

Note that for single-configuration packages, which is the most typical, conan install Debug/Release, 32/64bits, packages separately. So a different property sheet will be generated for each configuration. The process could be:

Given for example a conanfile.txt like:



And assuming that binary packages exist for Pkg/0.1@user/channel, we could do:

$ mkdir debug32 && cd debug32
$ conan install .. -s compiler="Visual Studio" -s compiler.version=15 -s arch=x86 -s build_type=Debug
$ cd ..
$ mkdir debug64 && cd debug64
$ conan install .. -s compiler="Visual Studio" -s compiler.version=15 -s arch=x86_64 -s build_type=Debug
$ cd ..
$ mkdir release32 && cd release32
$ conan install .. -s compiler="Visual Studio" -s compiler.version=15 -s arch=x86 -s build_type=Release
$ cd ..
$ mkdir release64 && cd release64
$ conan install .. -s compiler="Visual Studio" -s compiler.version=15 -s arch=x86_64 -s build_type=Release
# Now go to VS 2017 Property Manager, load the respective sheet into each configuration

The above process can be simplified using profiles (assuming you have created the respective profiles), and you can also specify the generators in the command line:

$ conan install .. -pr=vs15release64 -g visual_studio