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Installation Instructions for Windows
If you are compiling for MinGW or cygwin, please refer to the INSTALL file,
which is automatically generated by autotools (e.g. running
If you are using Microsoft Visual Studio:
- Open the relevant solution file in /msvc:
libusb_2013.sln for Visual Studio 2013,
libusb_2015.sln for Visual Studio 2015,
libusb_2017.sln for Visual Studio 2017,
libusb_2019.sln for Visual Studio 2019 or later.
- If you want to debug the library, uncomment the ENABLE_DEBUG_LOGGING define
in msvc\config.h
- Select your configuration and compile the project
Installing and building libusb via vcpkg
You can download and install libusb using the vcpkg dependency manager:
git clone
cd vcpkg
./vcpkg integrate install
vcpkg install libusb
The libusb port in vcpkg is kept up to date by Microsoft team members and
community contributors. If the version is out of date, please create an issue
or pull request ( on the vcpkg repository.
Destination directories
The 32-bit binaries are placed in a Win32\ directory at the root of the
The 64-bit binaries are placed in a x64\ directory.
If the compilation process complains about missing libraries, ensure that the
default library paths for your project points to the relevant directories.
If needed, these libraries can be obtained by installing the latest Windows
Additional information related to the Windows backend: