Corrade::Main library new in 2019.10
Improves general user experience on Windows.
This library is built if
CORRADE_WITH_MAIN is enabled when building Corrade. To use this library with CMake, you need to request the
Main component of the
Corrade package and link your application executable to the
find_package(Corrade REQUIRED Main) add_executable(your-app WIN32 main.cpp) # use WIN32 to hide the console window target_link_libraries(your-app PRIVATE Corrade::Main)
If you're on Windows, linking to the
Corrade::Main library does the following:
- allows you to always use the standard
wWinMain()and other Windows-specific variants)
- makes it possible to create executables with
add_executable(... WIN32 ...)and hide the console window again without requiring you to replace your
- gives you
char** argvin UTF-8, converting them from Windows-specific wide-char representation
- sets up console output to be in UTF-8 as well, so special characters and non-ASCII alphabets display correctly
- if CORRADE_
UTILITY_ USE_ ANSI_ COLORS is enabled, enables processing of ANSI escape codes in the console, so Utility:: Debug colored output and other advanced terminal features work properly
When you link to Corrade Main, you can keep using the standard
int main(int argc, char** argv) as you would do on Unix systems and you get the
argv in UTF-8. The library does this by providing a "shim"
wWinMain(), converting the wide-char
argv to UTF-8 and then passing that to your standard
Executables created with
add_executable(... WIN32 ...) "just work" and there's no console window lurking in the background anymore. Nevertheless, you still get UTF-8 encoded
argv in your usual
main(). Standard output isn't captured anywhere by default, for debugging purposes you can either temporarily remove the
WIN32 option and rebuild or use console redirection (
app.exe > stdout.txt and
app.exe 2> stderr.txt works as expected).
By default, for compatibility reasons, Corrade is built with the CMake option
CORRADE_UTILITY_USE_ANSI_COLORS disabled, meaning colored output is done through direct WINAPI calls only when writing directly to the console. Those APIs provide only a limited subset of the ANSI escape code feature set and stop working as soon as you redirect the output to a file or a pipe.
With the CORRADE_
ENABLE_VIRTUAL_TERMINAL_PROCESSING to SetConsoleMode(). The Corrade Main library does that in the
With Corrade being designed in a way that UTF-8 is the standard encoding, it makes sense to have the console output encoding set to UTF-8 as well. Corrade Main does that by calling SetConsoleOutputCP() with
CP_UTF8 in the
When you don't use CMake, simply linking to the
CorradeMain.lib is not enough to achieve the desired effect — additionally you need to tell the linker to choose a different entry point. That's done by passing
/ENTRY:wmainCRTStartup to it for console apps and
/ENTRY:wWinMainCRTStartup for GUI apps.