Boost is a set of libraries for the C++ programming language that provide support for tasks and structures such as linear algebra, pseudorandom number generation, multithreading, image processing, regular expressions, and unit testing. Steps to build Boost for x32/x64 VC++ compilers on Windows are as follows:

  1. Download Boost and extract it to PC (assume C:\Libs\boost_1_47_0).
  2. Double click to run bootstrap.bat in Boost’s root folder, which will generate bjam.exe (and b2.exe…) in the same folder.
  3. Run VC++.
  4. VC++ > Tools > Visual Studio Command Prompt.
  5. In the command window, first change working folder to C:\Libs\boost_1_47_0 and type the following command (Note: it will take a long time to finish, which is depended on your system, 20min for me.):

     bjam --build-type=complete toolset=msvc-10.0 threading=multi link=static address-model=64
  6. Setup VC++. Two steps need to be done.
    • Add C:\Libs\boost_1_47_0 to project Include files.
    • Add C:\Libs\boost_1_47_0\stage\lib to project Library files.


The above step will build static Boost libraries for x64 VC++. Options can be modified in step 5 to build it for other versions’ VC++, see the following table for details.

Command Options Meaning
toolset msvc-6.5
Visual Studio 6.0, Service Pack 5
Visual Studio 2005
Visual Studio 2008
Visual Studio 2010
Visual Studio 2012
Visual Studio 2013
link static
static libraries
shared libraries
address-model 32
x32 VC++ compilers
x64 VC++ compilers