These tools are still experimental (so subject to breaking changes) but with very stable syntax. We encourage the usage of it to be prepared for Conan 2.0.
VirtualBuildEnv generator can be used by name in conanfiles:
class Pkg(ConanFile): generators = "VirtualBuildEnv"
And it can also be fully instantiated in the conanfile
from conan import ConanFile from conan.tools.env import VirtualBuildEnv class Pkg(ConanFile): settings = "os", "compiler", "arch", "build_type" requires = "zlib/1.2.11", "bzip2/1.0.8" def generate(self): ms = VirtualBuildEnv(self) ms.generate()
VirtualBuildEnv generator is used, calling conan install will generate a conanbuildenv .bat or .sh script
containing environment variables of the build time environment.
That information is collected from the direct
tool_requires in “build” context recipes from the
definition plus the
self.runenv_info of the transitive dependencies of those
This generator (for example the invocation of
conan install cmake/3.20.0@ -g VirtualBuildEnv --build-require)
will create the following files:
- conanbuildenv-release-x86_64.(bat|sh): This file contains the actual definition of environment variables
like PATH, LD_LIBRARY_PATH, etc, and any other variable defined in the dependencies
buildenv_infocorresponding to the
buildcontext, and to the current installed configuration. If a repeated call is done with other settings, a different file will be created. After the execution or sourcing of this file, a new deactivation script will be generated, capturing the current environment, so the environment can be restored when desired. The file will be named also following the current active configuration, like
- conanbuild.(bat|sh): Accumulates the calls to one or more other scripts, in case there are multiple tools
in the generate process that create files, to give one single convenient file for all. This only calls
the latest specific configuration one, that is, if
conan installis called first for Release build type, and then for Debug,
conanbuild.(bat|sh)script will call the Debug one.
- deactivate_conanbuild.(bat|sh): Accumulates the deactivation calls defined in the above
conanbuild.(bat|sh). This file should only be called after the accumulated activate has been called first.
def __init__(self, conanfile):
conanfile: the current recipe object. Always use