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FRUT makes it easy to build JUCE projects using CMake instead of Projucer. It enables more flexibility in project architecture, simplified CI setup, and easier integration with other JUCE and non-JUCE projects. Converting an existing JUCE project to FRUT is easy, and you don't need to be a CMake expert to use it!

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JUCE comes with its own project generation tool, Projucer, which is very useful when starting a JUCE project. However, Projucer doesn't scale well when you want to make some aspects of your project configurable, when you want to add external libraries, when you want to use Continuous Integration, or when you want to manage several projects at once.

FRUT was created to overcome these limitations, while making it very easy to migrate an existing JUCE project that uses Projucer. Since FRUT is based on CMake, you also get access to many great features of CMake, including testing and packaging utilities.


FRUT currently contains:


  • CMake, version 3.4 minimum
  • JUCE, version 4.2.0 minimum

Supported Projucer exporters

Jucer2CMake and Reprojucer.cmake support the following Projucer exporters (also known as "export targets"):

Supported Exporter CMake requirements and options Missing features
Xcode (macOS) 4 unsupported Xcode exporter settings
Xcode (iOS) version 3.14 minimum
Visual Studio 2022 version 3.21 minimum 3 unsupported Visual Studio exporter settings
Visual Studio 2019 version 3.14 minimum
Visual Studio 2017 version 3.7 minimum
(3.13.3 when VS 2019 is installed)
Visual Studio 2015
Visual Studio 2013
Linux Makefile
Code::Blocks (Windows)
Code::Blocks (Linux)


You can read the documentation of FRUT on Read the Docs:

Getting started

Let's consider that you have a copy of JUCE, a copy of FRUT and a JUCE project called MyGreatProject following this folder structure:


We first build and install FRUT with CMake:

$ cd <root>/FRUT/

$ mkdir build && cd build/

$ cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="../prefix" -DJUCE_ROOT="../../JUCE"
-- Configuring done
-- Generating done
-- Build files have been written to: <root>/FRUT/build

$ cmake --build . --target install
# or
$ cmake --build . --target install --parallel  # with CMake 3.12 or later

If it fails to build and install, please report the problem by creating a new issue on GitHub:

Then we convert MyGreatProject.jucer to a new CMakeLists.txt file:

$ cd <root>/MyGreatProject/

$ ../FRUT/prefix/FRUT/bin/Jucer2CMake reprojucer MyGreatProject.jucer ../FRUT/prefix/FRUT/cmake/Reprojucer.cmake

<root>/MyGreatProject/CMakeLists.txt has been successfully generated.

Now we can build MyGreatProject using CMake:

$ cd <root>/MyGreatProject/

$ mkdir build && cd build/

$ cmake .. -G<generator>
-- Configuring done
-- Generating done
-- Build files have been written to: <root>/MyGreatProject/build

$ cmake --build .
# or
$ cmake --build . -- -parallelizeTargets  # when <generator> is Xcode
# or
$ cmake --build . --parallel  # with CMake 3.12 or later

<generator> can be one of many CMake Generators supported by your platform, including Ninja, NMake Makefiles (on Windows), Unix Makefiles (on Linux and macOS), Visual Studio 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2022 (on Windows), and Xcode (on macOS).


Contributions to FRUT are very welcomed and you can contribute even if you don't know anything about CMake. See the file for more details.


FRUT follows the all-contributors specification and is brought to you by these awesome contributors:

Alain Martin

Matthieu Talbot

Florian Goltz

Fabien Roussel

Xavier Jouvenot

Nikolai Wuttke

Dominik Grzelak

Dennis Scheffer

Scott Wheeler

Iqra Shahzad

Romain Clement

Stijn Frishert

Jerry Chan

Frank Lange

Johannes Elliesen

David Holland

Dimitri Sudell

Dan Raviv

Rory Walsh

Eyal Amir

Michael Hetrick


Alexey Romanoff

Benedikt Adams

Steve Baker

David Crome

JF Castel-Branco

Butch Warns

Suganthan BC

Thibaud Fuchs

Hayden Setlik


GNU General Public License

FRUT is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

FRUT is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the LICENSE file for more details.

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