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  1. .gitignore
  4. VS2008/
  5. VS2010/
  6. VS_scripts/
  7. cmake/
  8. meson/

Projects for various integrated development environments (IDE)

Included projects

The following projects are included with the zstd distribution:

  • cmake - CMake project contributed by Artyom Dymchenko
  • VS2005 - Visual Studio 2005 Project (this project has been moved to the contrib directory and will no longer be supported)
  • VS2008 - Visual Studio 2008 project
  • VS2010 - Visual Studio 2010 project (which also works well with Visual Studio 2012, 2013, 2015)
  • VS_scripts - command line scripts prepared for Visual Studio compilation without IDE

How to compile zstd with Visual Studio

  1. Install Visual Studio e.g. VS 2015 Community Edition (it's free).
  2. Download the latest version of zstd from
  3. Decompress ZIP archive.
  4. Go to decompressed directory then to projects then VS2010 and open zstd.sln
  5. Visual Studio will ask about converting VS2010 project to VS2015 and you should agree.
  6. Change Debug to Release and if you have 64-bit Windows change also Win32 to x64.
  7. Press F7 on keyboard or select BUILD from the menu bar and choose Build Solution.
  8. If compilation will be fine a compiled executable will be in projects\VS2010\bin\x64\Release\zstd.exe

Projects available within zstd.sln

The Visual Studio solution file visual\VS2010\zstd.sln contains many projects that will be compiled to the visual\VS2010\bin\$(Platform)_$(Configuration) directory. For example zstd set to x64 and Release will be compiled to visual\VS2010\bin\x64_Release\zstd.exe. The solution file contains the following projects:

  • zstd : Command Line Utility, supporting gzip-like arguments
  • datagen : Synthetic and parametrable data generator, for tests
  • fullbench : Precisely measure speed for each zstd inner functions
  • fuzzer : Test tool, to check zstd integrity on target platform
  • libzstd : A static ZSTD library compiled to libzstd_static.lib
  • libzstd-dll : A dynamic ZSTD library (DLL) compiled to libzstd.dll with the import library libzstd.lib
  • fullbench-dll : The fullbench program compiled with the import library; the executable requires ZSTD DLL

Using ZSTD DLL with Microsoft Visual C++ project

The header file lib\zstd.h and the import library visual\VS2010\bin\$(Platform)_$(Configuration)\libzstd.lib are required to compile a project using Visual C++.

  1. The path to header files should be added to Additional Include Directories that can be found in Project Properties of Visual Studio IDE in the C/C++ Property Pages on the General page.
  2. The import library has to be added to Additional Dependencies that can be found in Project Properties in the Linker Property Pages on the Input page. If one will provide only the name libzstd.lib without a full path to the library then the directory has to be added to Linker\General\Additional Library Directories.

The compiled executable will require ZSTD DLL which is available at visual\VS2010\bin\$(Platform)_$(Configuration)\libzstd.dll.