Add a target with no output so it will always be built.
add_custom_target(Name [ALL] [command1 [args1…]] [COMMAND command2 [args2…] …] [DEPENDS depend depend depend … ] [BYPRODUCTS [files…]] [WORKING_DIRECTORY dir] [COMMENT comment] [VERBATIM] [USES_TERMINAL] [SOURCES src1 [src2…]])
Adds a target with the given name that executes the given commands.
The target has no output file and is always considered out of date
even if the commands try to create a file with the name of the target.
Use the :command:
add_custom_command command to generate a file with
dependencies. By default nothing depends on the custom target. Use
add_dependencies command to add dependencies to or
from other targets.
The options are:
Indicate that this target should be added to the default build
target so that it will be run every time (the command cannot be
Specify the files the command is expected to produce but whose
modification time may or may not be updated on subsequent builds.
If a byproduct name is a relative path it will be interpreted
relative to the build tree directory corresponding to the
current source directory.
Each byproduct file will be marked with the :prop_sf:
source file property automatically.
Explicit specification of byproducts is supported by the
Ninja generator to tell the
ninja build tool
how to regenerate byproducts when they are missing. It is
also useful when other build rules (e.g. custom commands)
depend on the byproducts. Ninja requires a build rule for any
generated file on which another rule depends even if there are
order-only dependencies to ensure the byproducts will be
available before their dependents build.
BYPRODUCTS option is ignored on non-Ninja generators
except to mark byproducts
Specify the command-line(s) to execute at build time.
If more than one
COMMAND is specified they will be executed in order,
but not necessarily composed into a stateful shell or batch script.
(To run a full script, use the :command:
configure_file command or the
file(GENERATE) command to create it, and then specify
COMMAND to launch it.)
COMMAND specifies an executable target name (created by the
add_executable command) it will automatically be replaced
by the location of the executable created at build time. If set, the
CROSSCOMPILING_EMULATOR executable target property will
also be prepended to the command to allow the executable to run on
Additionally a target-level dependency will be added so that the
executable target will be built before this custom target.
COMMAND may use
generator expressions <cmake-generator-expressions(7)>.
References to target names in generator expressions imply target-level
The command and arguments are optional and if not specified an empty target will be created.
Display the given message before the commands are executed at
Reference files and outputs of custom commands created with
add_custom_command command calls in the same directory
CMakeLists.txt file). They will be brought up to date when
the target is built.
Use the :command:
add_dependencies command to add dependencies
on other targets.
Specify additional source files to be included in the custom target.
Specified source files will be added to IDE project files for
convenience in editing even if they have no build rules.
All arguments to the commands will be escaped properly for the
build tool so that the invoked command receives each argument
unchanged. Note that one level of escapes is still used by the
CMake language processor before
add_custom_target even sees
the arguments. Use of
VERBATIM is recommended as it enables
correct behavior. When
VERBATIM is not given the behavior
is platform specific because there is no protection of
tool-specific special characters.
The command will be given direct access to the terminal if possible.
With the :generator:
Ninja generator, this places the command in
Execute the command with the given current working directory.
If it is a relative path it will be interpreted relative to the
build tree directory corresponding to the current source directory.