conan source

$ conan source [-h] [-sf SOURCE_FOLDER] [-if INSTALL_FOLDER] path

Calls your local ‘source()’ method. Usually downloads and uncompresses the package sources.

positional arguments:
  path                  Path to a folder containing a or to a
                        recipe file e.g., my_folder/

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -sf SOURCE_FOLDER, --source-folder SOURCE_FOLDER
                        Destination directory. Defaulted to current directory
  -if INSTALL_FOLDER, --install-folder INSTALL_FOLDER
                        Directory containing the conaninfo.txt and
                        conanbuildinfo.txt files (from previous 'conan
                        install'). Defaulted to --build-folder Optional,
                        source method will run without the information
                        retrieved from the conaninfo.txt and
                        conanbuildinfo.txt, only required when using
                        conditional source() based on settings, options,
                        env_info and user_info

The source() method might use (optional) settings, options and environment variables from the specified profile and dependencies information from the declared deps_XXX_info objects in the conanfile requirements.

All that information is saved automatically in the conaninfo.txt and conanbuildinfo.txt files respectively, when you run the conan install command. Those files have to be located in the specified --install-folder.


  • Call a local recipe’s source method: In user space, the command will execute a local source() method, in the src folder in the current directory.

    $ conan new lib/1.0@conan/stable
    $ conan source . --source-folder mysrc
  • In case you need the settings/options or any info from the requirements, perform first an install:

    $ conan install . --install-folder mybuild
    $ conan source . --source-folder mysrc --install-folder mybuild