What’s New in vcpkg (February 2024)

This blog post summarizes changes to the vcpkg package manager as part of the 2024.02.14 release and changes to vcpkg documentation throughout February. This month’s vcpkg release was mainly minor bug fixes, while several new documentation articles were added.
Some stats for this period:

There are now 2,396 total libraries available in the vcpkg public registry.
22 new ports were added to the open-source registry. A port is a versioned recipe for building a package from source, such as a C or C++ library.
388 updates were made to existing ports. As always, we validate each change to a port by building all other ports that depend on or are depended by the library that is being updated for our 13 main triplets.
19 contributors submitted PRs, issues, or participated in discussions in the main repo.
The main vcpkg repo has over 5,800 forks and 21,000 stars on GitHub.

 
vcpkg changelog (2024.02.24 release)

The Arm64 for macOS community triplet (arm64-osx) was promoted to our CI testing suite. We will routinely test ports automatically with this triplet going forward. We automatically test any new or updated ports against 13 triplets.
Fixed a regression in x-script for the asset caching feature (PR: Microsoft/vcpkg-tool#1337).
Various minor bugfixes.

 
Documentation changes

New articles:

Added documentation for X_VCPKG_NUGET_PREFIX environment variable.
Fixed references to renamed variable VCPKG_MAKE_CONFIGURE_OPTIONS -> VCPKG_CONFIGURE_MAKE_OPTIONS (thank you for reporting this issue, @KUGA2!).
Documented an additional temporary file location in the README (thanks for reporting this issue, @davidmatson!).
Fixed broken Markdown in vcpkg with Visual Studio Code tutorial (thanks for reporting this issue, @patrikhuber!).
Fixed code snippets in articles about using vcpkg with Azure DevOps and GitHub Actions.
Various minor improvements throughout the docs.

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Total ports available for tested triplets

triplet
ports available

x64-windows
2,238

x86-windows
2,153

x64-windows-static
2,127

x64-windows-static-md
2,154

arm64-windows
1,818

x64-uwp
1,241

arm64-uwp
1,206

x64-linux
2,206

x64-osx
2,079

arm64-osx (new!)
2,023

arm-neon-android
1,533

x64-android
1,592

arm64-android
1,557

While vcpkg supports a much larger variety of target platforms and architectures (as community triplets), the list above is validated exhaustively to ensure updated ports don’t break other ports in the catalog.
 
Thank you to our contributors
vcpkg couldn’t be where it is today without contributions from our open-source community. Thank you for your continued support! The following people contributed to the vcpkg, vcpkg-tool, or vcpkg-docs repos in this release:

jiayuehua (57 commits)
dg0yt (16 commits)
Thomas1664 (10 commits)
Neumann-A (10 commits)
autoantwort (9 commits)
SchaichAlonso (7 commits)
moritz-h (4 commits)
Osyotr (4 commits)
m-kuhn (3 commits)
omarhogni (2 commits)
alagoutte (2 commits)
Tradias (2 commits)
danielaparker (2 commits)
an-tao (2 commits)
yurybura (2 commits)
traversaro (2 commits)
xiaozhuai (2 commits)
HappySeaFox (1 commit)
daschuer (1 commit)
luncliff (1 commit)
AenBleidd (1 commit)
eao197 (1 commit)
RT2Code (1 commit)
chausner (1 commit)

 
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Learn more
You can find the full 2024.02.14 release notes on GitHub for the main repo. Recent updates to the vcpkg tool can be viewed on the vcpkg-tool Releases page. To contribute to documentation, visit the vcpkg-docs repo. If you’re new to vcpkg or curious about how a package manager can make your life easier as a C/C++ developer, check out the vcpkg website – vcpkg.io.
If you would like to contribute to vcpkg and its library catalog, or want to give us feedback on anything, check out our GitHub repo. Please report bugs or request updates to ports in our issue tracker or join more general discussion in our discussion forum.