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Instructions for setting up Allegro / Visual Studio


  • Visual Studio 2019
  • C/C++ workload for VS (includes SDK and CMake)
  • Allegro 5.2.6 source code from GitHub


  • Unzip allegro somewhere
  • Start a "x64 Native Command Tools" prompt
  • Navigate to allegro root dir
  • Configure for debugging cmake -S. -Bbuild -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug


  • cmake --build build (or skip this and just open ALLEGRO.sln in VS)


I would exploit the CMake machinery and just temporarily add another program to the examples. Then at least it will automatically keep all the dependencies in sync. Add example(peter_work) to examples\CMakeLists.txt, just above example(ex_config DATA sample.cfg), line 94. Then create peter_work.c in examples. (or copy across one of the other simple examples) When you rebuild the soluction it will auto-reconfigure and give you another Project in VS.


First, make that the project the default Startup project. Right click and edit the properties, Debugging section so that

  1. it will start in the examples directory - change Working Directory to $(ProjectDir)\..\examples
  2. it will have the 'development' Allegro libraries on the PATH - change Environment to PATH=$(ProjectDir)..\lib\$(Configuration);$(Path)

Now you should be able to start & debug the program and any part of Allegro.


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