This downloads standalone 64-bit MSVC compiler, linker & other tools, also headers/libraries from Windows SDK into portable folder, without installing Visual Studio. Has bare minimum components - no UWP/Store/WindowsRT stuff, just files & tools for 64-bit native desktop app development.
python.exe portable-msvc.py and it will download output into
msvc folder. By default it will download latest available MSVC & Windows SDK - currently v14.31 and v10.0.22000.0.
You can list available versions with
python.exe portable-msvc.py --show-versions and then pass versions you want with
To use cl.exe/link.exe from output folder, first run
setup.bat - after that PATH/INCLUDE/LIB env variables will be setup to use all the tools as usual. You can also use clang-cl.exe with these includes & libraries.
To use clang-cl.exe without running setup.bat, pass extra
/winsysroot msvc argument (msvc is folder name where output is stored).