How to import CMake project in Eclipse CDT4

Currently I am analysing Pastec; it uses CMake as a build system. To split them up, I wanted to analyse it using the functionality of Eclipse.

Pastec can be built using following order.

$ git clone
$ mkdir build
$ cd build
$ cmake ../
$ make

To build Pastec in Eclipse CDT, instead of doing “cmake ..”, following order need to be done. (Debug build)

$ cd build
$ cmake -G"Eclipse CDT4 - Unix Makefiles" -D CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug ..

Then, it can be imported into Eclipse:

  1. Import project using Menu File->Import
  2. Select General->Existing projects into workspace:
  3. Browse where your build tree is and select the root build tree directory(pastec/build). Keep “Copy projects into workspace” unchecked.
  4. You get a fully functional eclipse project


One thought on “How to import CMake project in Eclipse CDT4

  1. I got the .project and .cproject files following the steps detailed herein. The project also gets imported into eclipse successfully. However, the project is not buildable through eclipse. If I need to build, I still need to execute make from command line.

    How do you make it a “fully functional” eclipse project?


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