Compiler file

From Code::Blocks

Format for defining compiler interfaces using only XML (in conjunction with Compiler options files).

<CodeBlocks_compiler name="Digital Mars Compiler"

I am a Code::Blocks compiler file.


  • <txt> is the descriptive name that will be shown to the user for this compiler.


  • Lowercase sequence of letters, numbers, underscores, and/or hyphens (it must, however, start with a letter) which is used internally to represent this compiler.

weight="<num>" (optional)

  • Determines the order in the compiler drop-down menu that this compiler will be listed; lower numbers are listed sooner (keep <num> between 0 and 100).

platform="<os>" (optional). Only load this compiler if the current operating system is <os>. <os> is one of:

  • windows
  • macosx
  • linux
  • freebsd
  • netbsd
  • openbsd
  • darwin
  • solaris
  • unix

All of the following routines are used during auto-detection.

Conditional <if>[...]</if><else>[...]</else> statements are available in the same form as in Compiler options files.

<Path type="master">

type="<tp>" Determines what variable the results of the contained detection routine(s) will be stored in. <tp> is one of:

  • master
  • extra
  • include
  • resource
  • lib

<Search envVar="PATH"

Searches all paths in the given environment variable.

  • If for is not specified, any path that exists will be added to the current <Path type="...">.
  • If for is given, the corresponding executable name will be replaced (if applicable; see <if exec="..."></if> blocks). If the specified file exists on any of the paths in the environment variable, those path(s) will be added.

If you do not have a <Search envVar= then the compiler auto detection code will not set the masterpath and cause compiler issues.

(If the current path type is master, any trailing bin directories will be stripped.)

<Search path="C:\MinGW"

Same functionality as <Search envVar="..."> except that this tests a hard-coded path.

<Search path="C:\WinAVR*"/>

Wildcards are allowed in <Search path="...">.

<Search registry="HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\SDCC"

Read a Windows registry key. If value is found in the registry key, and it is a valid folder, it will be added to the current <Path type="...">.

<Fallback path="/usr/local"/>

If the current <Path type="..."> is empty, add this path to it.


Add a path to the current <Path type="...">.

  • <master/> is replaced by the contents of the master path.
  • <separator/> is replaced by the system's native file path separator.

<Add cFlag="-O"/>

Enable a compiler flag.

<Add lFlag="-s"/>

Enable a linker flag.

<Add lib="pthread"/>

Add a library.

See also