Have a problems setting GTK in CMake correctly.


  1. I cloned vcpkg from git repo it created “vcpkg” directory in E:\
  2. I launched a bootstrap-vcpkg.bat and it downloaded vcpkg.exe

PS E:\vcpkg> .\bootstrap-vcpkg.bat

Downloading https://github.com/microsoft/vcpkg-tool/releases/download/2024-03-14/vcpkg.exe -> E:\vcpkg\vcpkg.exe... done.
Validating signature... done.

vcpkg package management program version 2024-03-14-7d353e869753e5609a1f1a057df3db8fd356e49d

See LICENSE.txt for license information.
  1. then I integrated vcpkg

PS E:\vcpkg> .\vcpkg.exe integrate install

CMake projects should use: "-DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=E:/vcpkg/scripts/buildsystems/vcpkg.cmake"

All MSBuild C++ projects can now #include any installed libraries. Linking will be handled automatically. Installing new libraries will make them instantly available.

then I installed gtk package:

PS E:\vcpkg> .\vcpkg.exe install gtk

it was 1 hour process and it went without errors, it created “x64-windows” directory in

After that I created CMake project in Visual Studio 2022 17.9.4 (CMake is 3.29 version)

I added that line to CMakePresets.json

“CMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE”: “$env{VCPKG_ROOT}/scripts/buildsystems/vcpkg.cmake”

at the bottom of a cacheVariables:

        "cacheVariables": {
            "CMAKE_C_COMPILER": "cl.exe",
            "CMAKE_CXX_COMPILER": "cl.exe",
            "CMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE": "$env{VCPKG_ROOT}/scripts/buildsystems/vcpkg.cmake"

I set user env variable
value: E:\vcpkg

I checked that file “vcpkg.cmake” is there according to that above path.

this apparently doesn’t work

cmake_minimum_required (VERSION 3.8)

find_package(GTK REQUIRED)

add_executable (Main “Main.cpp” )
target_link_libraries(Main PRIVATE GTK)

What else I need to do to make CMake find all GTK package, what I’m doing wrong ?

This feels like more of a question for vcpkg than CMake itself. I’m not sure that all of the steps to use vcpkg have been followed here, but that’s just a hunch.