C++ IDEs

This page about configuring IDEs is a stub. Please feel free to help by adding to it.

For more information about compiling the engine specifically as it relates to your operating system of choice (with some IDE-specific tips), see compiling-in-windows, compiling-in-linux, compiling-in-macos, compiling-using-vagrant.

See scripting-ides for setting up IDES for TorqueScript.

Cross Platform


Using cmake-gui: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISbuSTgTQKI.


For now, utilize File > Import > Existing code as Makefile project.

Qt Creator

We need to configure qtCreator.

  • Open editor
  • MenuBar -> Tools -> Options
  • Build & Run -> CMAKE
  • Click on Prefered Ninja Generator
  • Close Options.
  • MenuBar -> File -> Open File or Project
  • Go to Torque3D root path
  • Select CMakeList.txt
  • We need to configure project. Select your path for CMAKE cache.
/home/userName/Torque3D/My Projects/LinuxTest/buildFiles/CMAKE
  • Click Configure Project
  • After this we get the normal CMAKE error message
-- Configuring incomplete, errors occurred!
CMake Error at CMakeLists.txt:6 (message):
  Please set TORQUE_APP_NAME first
  • We need to start CMAKE GUI to configure
  • When finished, click Configuration button
  • Return to qtCreator
  • MenuBar -> Build -> Run CMake
  • After this we have qtCreator configured for build
  • If you have some problem, it's very important to delete CMakeLists.txt.user file on Torque3D root path.
  • You need to use INSTALL project for copy Template files
  • Go to Project view
  • On Build Steps, Make: Ninja -> click Details
  • You see a list of projects you can add to build
  • Add INSTALL project
  • Return to Edit view
  • MenuBar-> Build -> Build All
  • After the first build, is possible you prefer to deactivate Install project to avoid override your files.

Note: it has been reported that in Fedora, you may need to change the default 'Make: ninja' command to ninja-build for both 'Build Steps' and 'Clean Steps'.

Visual Studio Code

There are a few different ways to approach setting up VS Code as a C/C++ IDE. This one favors minimizing the need for leaving the editor unnecessarily or hard-coding settings that can be configured through the UI.

Two extensions are recommended: C/C++ (Microsoft) and CMake Tools (vector-of-bool). Install these through the extensions tab (Ctrl + Shift + X). The first requires no immediate attention once installed, and the second can be configured through the settings.

A sample configuration of CMake Tools in the workspace settings:

// .vscode/settings.json
    "cmake.generator": "Visual Studio 15 2017", // Use your generator of choice
    "cmake.buildDirectory": "${workspaceRoot}/Build", // Use your build directory of choice
    "cmake.configureSettings": {
        "TORQUE_APP_NAME" : "BaseGame",
        "TORQUE_TEMPLATE" : "BaseGame"

From the status bar, select a buildtype (i.e. Debug), kit (i.e. Visual Studio Community 2017 - amd64), and hit Build.


Visual Studio 2017

For now, generate project files using cmake and use the resulting solution as usual in the IDE (see compiling-in-windows).

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