Opening a Visual Studio Console for Compiling

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This article explains how to open a console (cmd.exe), which is configured with a specific version of Visual Studio’s command line build tools.


On the start menu, search for “Build Environment Selection” or execute in a console "%SQUISHCOCO%\toolselector.exe".

The following dialog should appear:

SquishCoco's "Build Environment Selection" Tool

Select the desired Visual Studio edition and click on “Open C++ Console”. A console (cmd.exe) will be opened in which the compiler (cl.exe) and linker (lib.exe and link.exe) command line tools can be used.