Profiles allows users to set a complete configuration set for settings, options, environment variables, and build requirements in a file. They have this structure:
[settings] setting=value [options] MyLib:shared=True [env] env_var=value [build_requires] tool1/0.1@user/channel tool2/0.1@user/channel, tool3/0.1@user/channel *: tool4/0.1@user/channel
Profile can be created with
new option in conan profile. And then edit it later.
$ conan profile new mynewprofile --detect
Profile files can be used with
--profile option in many commands like conan install or conan create commands.
$ conan create . demo/testing -pr=myprofile
Profiles can be located in different folders. For example, the default <userhome>/.conan/profiles, and be referenced by absolute or relative path:
$ conan install . --profile /abs/path/to/profile # abs path $ conan install . --profile ./relpath/to/profile # resolved to current dir $ conan install . --profile profile # resolved to user/.conan/profiles/profile
Listing existing profiles in the profiles folder can be done like this:
$ conan profile list default myprofile1 myprofile2 ...
You can also show profile’s content:
$ conan profile show myprofile1 Configuration for profile myprofile1: [settings] os=Windows arch=x86_64 compiler=Visual Studio compiler.version=15 build_type=Release [options] [build_requires] [env]
$PROFILE_DIR in your profile and it will be replaced with the absolute path to
the directory where the profile file is (this path will contain only forward slashes).
It is useful to declare relative folders:
You can manage your profiles and share them using conan config install.
Package settings and env vars¶
Profiles also support package settings and package environment variables definition, so you can override some settings or environment variables for some specific package:
[settings] zlib:compiler=clang zlib:compiler.version=3.5 zlib:compiler.libcxx=libstdc++11 compiler=gcc compiler.version=4.9 compiler.libcxx=libstdc++11 [env] zlib:CC=/usr/bin/clang zlib:CXX=/usr/bin/clang++
Your build tool will locate clang compiler only for the zlib package and gcc (default one) for the rest of your dependency tree.
They accept patterns too, like
-s *@myuser/*, which means that packages that have the username “myuser” will use clang 3.5 as compiler, and gcc otherwise:
[settings] *@myuser/*:compiler=clang *@myuser/*:compiler.version=3.5 *@myuser/*:compiler.libcxx=libstdc++11 compiler=gcc compiler.version=4.9 compiler.libcxx=libstdc++11
If you want to override existing system environment variables, you should use the
key=value syntax. If you need to pre-pend to the
system environment variables you should use the syntax
key=[value1, value2, ...]. A typical example is the
PATH environment variable, when you want to add paths to the existing system PATH, not override it, you would use:
You can specify multiple profiles in the command line. The applied configuration will be the composition of all the profiles applied in the order they are specified.
If, for example, you want to apply a build require, like a
cmake installer to your dependency tree,
it won’t be very practical adding the cmake installer reference, e.g
cmake/3.16.3 to all your profiles where you could
need to inject
cmake as a build require.
You can specify both profiles instead:
$ conan install . --profile clang --profile cmake_316
You can include other profiles using the
include() statement. The path can be relative to the current profile, absolute, or a profile
name from the default profile location in the local cache.
include() statement has to be at the top of the profile file:
[settings] compiler=gcc compiler.version=4.9 compiler.libcxx=libstdc++11
include(gcc_49) [settings] zlib:compiler=clang zlib:compiler.version=3.5 zlib:compiler.libcxx=libstdc++11 [env] zlib:CC=/usr/bin/clang zlib:CXX=/usr/bin/clang++
In a profile you can declare variables that will be replaced automatically by Conan before the profile is applied. The variables have to be
declared at the top of the file, after the
include(gcc_49) CLANG=/usr/bin/clang [settings] zlib:compiler=clang zlib:compiler.version=3.5 zlib:compiler.libcxx=libstdc++11 [env] zlib:CC=$CLANG/clang zlib:CXX=$CLANG/clang++
The variables will be inherited too, so you can declare variables in a profile and then include the profile in a different one, all the variables will be available:
GCC_PATH=/my/custom/toolchain/path/ [settings] compiler=gcc compiler.version=4.9 compiler.libcxx=libstdc++11
include(gcc_49) [settings] zlib:compiler=clang zlib:compiler.version=3.5 zlib:compiler.libcxx=libstdc++11 [env] zlib:CC=$GCC_PATH/gcc zlib:CXX=$GCC_PATH/g++
Build profiles and host profiles¶
All the commands that take a profile as an argument, from Conan v1.24 are starting to accept two profiles with
command line arguments
--profile:build. If both profiles are
provided, Conan will build a graph with some packages associated with the
host platform and some build
requirements associated to the
build platform. There are two scenarios where this feature is
If you are working with Linux and you usually work with gcc compiler, but you have installed clang compiler and want to install some
clang compiler, you could do:
- Create a
[settings] compiler=clang compiler.version=3.5 compiler.libcxx=libstdc++11 [env] CC=/usr/bin/clang CXX=/usr/bin/clang++
- Execute an install command passing the --profile or -pr parameter:
$ conan install . --profile clang
Without profiles you would have needed to set CC and CXX variables in the environment to point to your clang compiler and use -s parameters to specify the settings:
$ export CC=/usr/bin/clang $ export CXX=/usr/bin/clang++ $ conan install -s compiler=clang -s compiler.version=3.5 -s compiler.libcxx=libstdc++11
A profile can also be used in conan create and conan info:
$ conan create . demo/testing --profile clang
- Check the section Build requirements to read more about its usage in a profile.
- Check conan profile and profiles/default for full reference.
- Related section: Cross building.