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The cmake_find_package generator creates a file for each requirement specified in the conanfile.

The name of the files follow the pattern Find<PKG-NAME>.cmake. So for the asio/1.14.0 package, a Findasio.cmake file will be generated.

Variables in Find<PKG-NAME>.cmake

Being <PKG-NAME> the package name used in the reference (by default) or the one declared in or in cpp_info.names["cmake_find_package"] if specified:

<PKG-NAME>_VERSION Package version
<PKG-NAME>_INCLUDE_DIRS Containing all the include directories of the package
<PKG-NAME>_DEFINITIONS Definitions of the library
<PKG-NAME>_LIBS Library paths to link
<PKG-NAME>_BUILD_MODULES List of CMake module files with functionalities for consumers
<PKG-NAME>_SYSTEM_LIBS System libraries to link
<PKG-NAME>_FRAMEWORKS Framework names to do a find_library()
<PKG-NAME>_FRAMEWORKS_FOUND Found frameworks to link with after find_library()
<PKG-NAME>_FRAMEWORK_DIRS Framework directories to perform the find_library() of <PKG-NAME>_FRAMEWORKS

This file uses <PKG-NAME>_BUILD_MODULES values to include the files using the include(…) CMake directive. This makes functions or utilities exported by the package available for consumers just by setting find_package(<PKG-NAME>) in the CMakeLists.txt.

Moreover, this also adjusts CMAKE_MODULE_PATH and CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH to the values declared by the package in cpp_info.buildirs, so modules in those directories can be found.

Targets in Find<PKG-NAME>.cmake

A target named <PKG-NAME>::<PKG-NAME> target is generated with the following properties adjusted:

  • INTERFACE_INCLUDE_DIRECTORIES: Containing all the include directories of the package.
  • INTERFACE_LINK_LIBRARIES: Library paths to link.
  • INTERFACE_COMPILE_DEFINITIONS: Definitions of the library.

The targets are transitive. So, if your project depends on a packages A and B, and at the same time A depends on C, the A target will contain automatically the properties of the C dependency, so in your CMakeLists.txt file you only need to find_package(A) and find_package(B).


If a recipe uses components, the targets generated will be <PKG-NAME>::<COMP-NAME> with the following properties adjusted:

  • INTERFACE_INCLUDE_DIRECTORIES: Containing all the include directories of the component.
  • INTERFACE_LINK_DIRECTORIES: Containing all the lib directories of the component.
  • INTERFACE_LINK_LIBRARIES: Containing the targets to link the component to (includes component’s libraries and dependencies).
  • INTERFACE_COMPILE_DEFINITIONS: Containing the definitions of the component.
  • INTERFACE_COMPILE_OPTIONS: Containing the compile options of the component.

Moreover, a global target <PKG-NAME>::<PKG-NAME> will be declared with the following properties adjusted:

  • INTERFACE_LINK_LIBRARIES: Containing all the component targets to link the global target to (includes package’s components only).