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Urho3d Empty Project

There are a few resources online for setting up an empty project in Urho3D - even a github repo by the same name Urho3D-Empty-Project, but after having tried myself to create a basic “hello world” from scratch, I found them to either be a misnomer (as in the case of the “empty project” repo) or incomplete. This assumes you are going to use the Urho3D CMake build system as much as possible.

Base repository

The Using Urho3D library official documentation page provides a decent starting point, that I’m essentially going to elaborate on, borrowing a little bit from the Urho3D-Empty-Project (which sadly is far more than an empty project) repo as needed.

  1. Clone the Urho3D source repository, we will copy the build system out from here (plus some basic resources).
  2. Copy the CMake and scripts directories from Urho’s sources into your project.
  3. mkdir -p bin/Data
  4. Copy the CoreData dir from Urho3D’s source bin directory.
  5. mkdir Source - you can tweak CMakeLists.txt afterwards to rename this to src..


Again, the official documentation page gives you a head start on what you need, but you do need to tweak it and maybe borrow some things from the “Empty Project” repo. Consider something like this:

# no whitespaces
project (MyProjectName)

cmake_minimum_required (VERSION 3.2.3)
if (COMMAND cmake_policy)
    # Libraries linked via full path no longer produce linker search paths
    cmake_policy (SET CMP0003 NEW)
    # INTERFACE_LINK_LIBRARIES defines the link interface
    cmake_policy (SET CMP0022 NEW)
    # Disallow use of the LOCATION target property - so we set to OLD as we still need it
    cmake_policy (SET CMP0026 OLD)
    # MACOSX_RPATH is enabled by default
    cmake_policy (SET CMP0042 NEW)
    # Honor the visibility properties for SHARED target types only
    cmake_policy (SET CMP0063 OLD)
endif ()

# Set CMake modules search path

# Include UrhoCommon.cmake module after setting project name
include (UrhoCommon)


file(GLOB_RECURSE SRCS src/*.cpp)
file(GLOB_RECURSE HDRS include/*.h)

# Find Urho3D library
find_package (Urho3D REQUIRED)
include_directories (${URHO3D_INCLUDE_DIRS})

# Define target name
set (TARGET_NAME MyProjectBinaryName)

define_source_files (GLOB_CPP_PATTERNS Source/*.c* GLOB_H_PATTERNS Source/*.h* RECURSE GROUP)

set(INCLUDE_DIRS include)

setup_main_executable ()

    -std=c++17 # for example


You should probably use one of the scripts inside the scripts dir; there provide ways to build for other platforms (for example if you have automated builds for multiple platforms), though you can also just do the manual mkdir build;cd build;cmake ..;make

Though script/ is the equivalent.