$ conan install [-h] [-g GENERATOR] [-if INSTALL_FOLDER] [-m [MANIFESTS]] [-mi [MANIFESTS_INTERACTIVE]] [-v [VERIFY]] [--no-imports] [-j JSON] [-b [BUILD]] [-r REMOTE] [-u] [-l [LOCKFILE]] [-e ENV_HOST] [-e:b ENV_BUILD] [-e:h ENV_HOST] [-o OPTIONS_HOST] [-o:b OPTIONS_BUILD] [-o:h OPTIONS_HOST] [-pr PROFILE_HOST] [-pr:b PROFILE_BUILD] [-pr:h PROFILE_HOST] [-s SETTINGS_HOST] [-s:b SETTINGS_BUILD] [-s:h SETTINGS_HOST] path_or_reference [reference]
Installs the requirements specified in a recipe (conanfile.py or conanfile.txt).
It can also be used to install a concrete package specifying a reference. If any requirement is not found in the local cache, it will retrieve the recipe from a remote, looking for it sequentially in the configured remotes. When the recipes have been downloaded it will try to download a binary package matching the specified settings, only from the remote from which the recipe was retrieved. If no binary package is found, it can be built from sources using the ‘–build’ option. When the package is installed, Conan will write the files for the specified generators.
positional arguments: path_or_reference Path to a folder containing a recipe (conanfile.py or conanfile.txt) or to a recipe file. e.g., ./my_project/conanfile.txt. It could also be a reference reference Reference for the conanfile path of the first argument: user/channel, version@user/channel or pkg/version@user/channel(if name or version declared in conanfile.py, they should match) optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit -g GENERATOR, --generator GENERATOR Generators to use -if INSTALL_FOLDER, --install-folder INSTALL_FOLDER Use this directory as the directory where to put the generatorfiles. e.g., conaninfo/conanbuildinfo.txt -m [MANIFESTS], --manifests [MANIFESTS] Install dependencies manifests in folder for later verify. Default folder is .conan_manifests, but can be changed -mi [MANIFESTS_INTERACTIVE], --manifests-interactive [MANIFESTS_INTERACTIVE] 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 --no-imports Install specified packages but avoid running imports -j JSON, --json JSON Path to a json file where the install information will be written -b [BUILD], --build [BUILD] Optional, specify which packages to build from source. Combining multiple '--build' options on one command line is allowed. For dependencies, the optional 'build_policy' attribute in their conanfile.py takes precedence over the command line parameter. Possible parameters: --build Force build for all packages, do not use binary packages. --build=never Disallow build for all packages, use binary packages or fail if a binary package is not found. Cannot be combined with other '--build' options. --build=missing Build packages from source whose binary package is not found. --build=outdated Build packages from source whose binary package was not generated from the latest recipe or is not found. --build=cascade Build packages from source that have at least one dependency being built from source. --build=[pattern] Build packages from source whose package reference matches the pattern. The pattern uses 'fnmatch' style wildcards. Default behavior: If you omit the '--build' option, the 'build_policy' attribute in conanfile.py will be used if it exists, otherwise the behavior is like '-- build=never'. -r REMOTE, --remote REMOTE Look in the specified remote server -u, --update Check updates exist from upstream remotes -l [LOCKFILE], --lockfile [LOCKFILE] Path to a lockfile or folder containing 'conan.lock' file. Lockfile can be updated if packages change -e ENV_HOST, --env ENV_HOST Environment variables that will be set during the package build (host machine). e.g.: -e CXX=/usr/bin/clang++ -e:b ENV_BUILD, --env:build ENV_BUILD Environment variables that will be set during the package build (build machine). e.g.: -e:b CXX=/usr/bin/clang++ -e:h ENV_HOST, --env:host ENV_HOST Environment variables that will be set during the package build (host machine). e.g.: -e:h CXX=/usr/bin/clang++ -o OPTIONS_HOST, --options OPTIONS_HOST Define options values (host machine), e.g.: -o Pkg:with_qt=true -o:b OPTIONS_BUILD, --options:build OPTIONS_BUILD Define options values (build machine), e.g.: -o:b Pkg:with_qt=true -o:h OPTIONS_HOST, --options:host OPTIONS_HOST Define options values (host machine), e.g.: -o:h Pkg:with_qt=true -pr PROFILE_HOST, --profile PROFILE_HOST Apply the specified profile to the host machine -pr:b PROFILE_BUILD, --profile:build PROFILE_BUILD Apply the specified profile to the build machine -pr:h PROFILE_HOST, --profile:host PROFILE_HOST Apply the specified profile to the host machine -s SETTINGS_HOST, --settings SETTINGS_HOST Settings to build the package, overwriting the defaults (host machine). e.g.: -s compiler=gcc -s:b SETTINGS_BUILD, --settings:build SETTINGS_BUILD Settings to build the package, overwriting the defaults (build machine). e.g.: -s:b compiler=gcc -s:h SETTINGS_HOST, --settings:host SETTINGS_HOST Settings to build the package, overwriting the defaults (host machine). e.g.: -s:h compiler=gcc
conan install executes methods of a conanfile.py in the following order:
Note this describes the process of installing a pre-built binary package. If the package has to be built, conan install --build executes the following:
Install a package requirement from a
conanfile.txt, saved in your current directory with one option and setting (other settings will be defaulted as defined in
$ conan install . -o pkg_name:use_debug_mode=on -s compiler=clang
Install the requirements defined in a
conanfile.pyfile in your current directory, with the default settings in default profile
<userhome>/.conan/profiles/default, and specifying the version, user and channel (as they might be used in the recipe):
class Pkg(ConanFile): name = "mypkg" # see, no version defined! def requirements(self): # this trick allow to depend on packages on your same user/channel self.requires("dep/0.3@%s/%s" % (self.user, self.channel)) def build(self): if self.version == "myversion": # something specific for this version of the package.
$ conan install . myversion@someuser/somechannel
Those values are cached in a file, so later calls to local commands like
conan buildcan find and use this version, user and channel data.
Install the opencv/4.1.1@conan/stable reference with its default options and default settings from
$ conan install opencv/4.1.1@conan/stable
Install the opencv/4.1.1@conan/stable reference updating the recipe and the binary package if new upstream versions are available:
$ conan install opencv/4.1.1@conan/stable --update
Both the conan install and create commands accept --build options to specify
which packages to build from source. Combining multiple --build options on one command
line is allowed, where a package is built from source if at least one of the given build options
selects it for the build. For dependencies, the optional
build_policy attribute in their
conanfile.py can override the behavior of the given command line parameters.
Possible values are:
--build: Always build everything from source. Produces a clean re-build of all packages. and transitively dependent packages
--build=never: Conan will not try to build packages when the requested configuration does not match, in which case it will throw an error. This option can not be combined with other --build options.
--build=missing: Conan will try to build packages from source whose binary package was not found in the requested configuration on any of the active remotes or the cache.
--build=outdated: Conan will try to build packages from source whose binary package was not built with the current recipe or when missing the binary package.
--build=cascade: Conan selects packages for the build where at least one of its dependencies is selected for the build. This is useful to rebuild packages that, directly or indirectly, depend on changed packages.
--build=[pattern]: A fnmatch case-sensitive pattern of a package reference or only the package name. Conan will force the build of the packages whose reference matches the given pattern. Several patterns can be specified, chaining multiple options:
- e.g., --build=pattern1 --build=pattern2 can be used to specify more than one pattern.
- e.g., --build=zlib will match any package named
- e.g., --build=z*@conan/stable will match any package starting with
If you omit the --build option, the
build_policy attribute in conanfile.py will be
looked up. If it is set to
always, this build option will be used, otherwise the
command will behave like --build=never was set.
With the -e parameters you can define:
- Global environment variables (-e SOME_VAR="SOME_VALUE"). These variables will be defined before the build step in all the packages and will be cleaned after the build execution.
- Specific package environment variables (-e zlib:SOME_VAR="SOME_VALUE"). These variables will be defined only in the specified packages (e.g., zlib).
You can specify this variables not only for your direct
requires but for any package in the
If you want to define an environment variable but you want to append the variables declared in your requirements you can use the  syntax:
$ conan install . -e PATH=[/other/path]
This way the first entry in the
PATH variable will be /other/path but the
declared in the requirements of the project will be appended at the end using the system path
With the -s parameters you can define:
- Global settings (-s compiler="Visual Studio"). Will apply to all the requires.
- Specific package settings (-s zlib:compiler="MinGW"). Those settings will be applied only to
the specified packages. They accept patterns too, like
-s *@myuser/*:compiler=MinGW, which means that packages that have the username “myuser” will use MinGW as compiler.
You can specify custom settings not only for your direct
requires but for any package in the
With the -o parameters you can only define specific package options.
$ conan install . -o zlib:shared=True $ conan install . -o zlib:shared=True -o bzip2:option=132 # you can also apply the same options to many packages with wildcards: $ conan install . -o *:shared=True
You can use profiles files to create predefined sets of settings, options and environment variables.
An optional positional argument, if used the first argument should be a path.
If the reference specifies name and/or version, and they are also declared in the
they should match, otherwise, an error will be raised.
$ conan install . # OK, user and channel will be None $ conan install . user/testing # OK $ conan install . version@user/testing # OK $ conan install . pkg/version@user/testing # OK $ conan install pkg/version@user/testing user/channel # Error, first arg is not a path
Installation of binaries can be accelerated setting up parallel downloads with the
experimental configuration in conan.conf.