## Monday, April 29, 2013

### How I build Boost for 64 bit Windows

I decided to build liblas binaries for 64 bit Windows since I could not easily find the 64-bit binaries. One of the prerequisites include boost. However, I had some difficulty getting 64-bit Boost binaries and header files, and the official Boost 64 bit installer seems to have x86 libraries included somehow causing me linking errors while building liblas. So I decided to compile Boost for x64 myself for liblas. The following steps are what I did to get Boost to compile.

1. Download the latest Boost source code from Sourceforge http://sourceforge.net/projects/boost/files/boost/. Extract the files to a folder e.g. C:\Work\src\boost_1_52_0\.

2. On the Windows desktop, select Start | All Programs | Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 | Visual Studio Tools | Visual Studio x64 Win64 Command Prompt.

The Visual Studio x64 Win64 Command Prompt appears.
3. In the Command Prompt, change directory to the extracted Boost source code folder e.g.

C:\> cd \Work\src\boost_1_52_0
4. In the Command Prompt, run the bootstrap.bat.

C:\> bootstrap.bat

Bootstrapping is done.
5. In the Command Prompt, run b2.exe.

C:\> b2 --toolset=msvc-10.0 architecture=x86 address-model=64 stage

The Boost C++ libraries are built.

Unknown said...

hi ,

thank you for the helpful tutorial

quick question why are u setting the architecture as x86 not x64