Visual C++ 2015 Build Tools

Standalone compiler, libraries and scripts

These tools allow you to build C++ libraries and applications targeting Windows desktop. They are the same tools that you find in Visual Studio 2015 in a scriptable standalone installer. Now you only need to download the tools you need to build C++ projects.

The Visual C++ Build Tools download is refreshed to include every Visual Studio update. Visual Studio updates won't install on top of the Visual C++ Build Tools installation.



Looking for the VS 2017 C++ Build Tools?

Looking for the Visual C++ Build Tools for VS 2017? They're integrated into the new, lightweight VS 2017 installer. Please see this post on the VC Blog for more information.


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How you can use the Build Tools


Standalone Compiler

Use the Visual C++ compiler on Windows to build your tools.

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Visual Studio Code

Lightweight editor for Linux, MacOS, and Windows with its C++ Extension.

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Team Build Server

Use the tools to set up a build server for your team.

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Install non-pure Python packages or compile a Cython or Pyrex file.

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Use native add-ons in Node.js with node-gyp.

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Build Rust for Windows for use with the MSVC ABI.

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Featured Blog Posts

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Official Release of the Visual C++ Build Tools 2015 

Andrew Pardoe | March 31, 2016

Last November we previewed a different way of installing the C++ tools: Visual C++ Build Tools 2015. The Build Tools are the same C++ tools that you get with Visual Studio 2015 but they come in ...

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C++ tools in NuGet

Stay up to date with the Visual C++ tools on NuGet

Andrew Pardoe | April 26, 2016

Do you want to try out the newest C++ compiler from Microsoft? Last February we announced a new way to install the Microsoft Visual C++ (MSVC) toolset. Instead of waiting for the next update of Visual Studio ... 

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Visual Studio provides a free, fully featured development environment for C++ developers


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