C++ Format packages for Linux and OS X

Ease of use has always been one of the main features of C++ Format. You only need to add two files, format.h and format.cc to your project in order to start using the library. And now C++ Format is available on major Linux distributions and Homebrew on OS X so you can install it on your system with a package manager. Here is a possibly incomplete list of supported systems:

Thanks go to the following people

  • Anatoliy Bulukin for a Homebrew formula
  • Dave Johansen for Fedora and RHEL packaging
  • Eugene V. Lyubimkin for Debian packaging
  • Xentec for Arch Linux packaging

Special thanks to Eugene V. Lyubimkin and Dave Johansen who suggested a number of improvements and submitted bug reports and patches. Due to their help, the library is now compatible with a wide range of platforms including ARM, ppc64, ppc64le and s390x.

Since I’m an Ubuntu user myself, I’ll show how to install C++ Format in the recently released Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf. First you need to enable the Universe repository if you haven’t done it before:

$ sudo apt-add-repository universe && sudo apt-get update

Then you can install the library with apt-get:

$ sudo apt-get install libcppformat1-dev

To check that it works let’s create a small example:

// test.cc
#include <cppformat/format.h>

int main() {
  fmt::print("The answer is {}.\n", 42);

compile and run it:

$ g++ -otest test.cc -lcppformat
$ ./test
The answer is 42.

As you can see everything works as expected.

If you know about other distributions that support C++ Format, please let me know in the comments section below.

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