Windows support with Visual Studio

It is fairly simple to get started with SKM Client API for C++ on Windows.

Note: this version of the library is specifically built for Windows since it uses native Windows call.

Getting the library

Building the library yourself

Instructions for building the library and creating CryptolensSKM.lib using Visual Studio:

  1. Open the CryptolensSKM.sln solution file.
  2. Select the desired platform and configuration in the Visual Studio GUI
  3. Build the solution (Build -> Solution).
  4. CryptolensSKM.lib can now be found in the Output\<Platform>\<Configuration> directory.

Using in your own project

For using the library in your own Visual Studio projects two things needs to be done. Firstly, Visual Studio needs to be told to use include files from the SKM-Client-API-CPP\include directory, and secondly, the linker in Visual Studio needs to be set up to link against CryptolensSKM.lib.

An example project can be found in SKM-Client-API-CPP\example\Visual Studio\Example1. This project is set up to work with the CryptolensSKM.sln file, i.e. it looks for CryptolensSKM.lib in SKM-Client-API-CPP\Output\<Platform>\<Configuration>.

Setting up include directories

  1. Right-click on the project in in Visual Studio and select Properties.

    Right-click on project

  2. The path to SKM-Client-API-CPP\include needs to be added under Configuration Properties -> C\C++ -> General -> Additional Include Directories.

    Thus if the SKM-Client-API-CPP git repository was cloned at

    C:\Users\<user>\Documents\Visual Studio 2017\Projects\SKM-Client-API-CPP

    this path would be added under Additional Include Directories.

    Alternatively, a relative path can be used as in the Example1 project:

Setting up the linker

  1. Right-click on the project in Visual Studio and select Properties.
  2. Under Configuration Properties -> Linker -> Input -> Additional Dependencies we need to add “winhttp.lib;CryptolensSKM.lib” to the existing list of dependencies.

    I.e. if this field already contains the value


    the new value would be:


    The settings should thus look something like the following:

  3. Under Configuration Properties -> Linker -> General -> Additional Library Directories we need to add the directory containing CryptolensSKM.lib.

    If we cloned the github repository at

    C:\Users\<user>\Documents\Visual Studio 2017\Projects\SKM-Client-API-CPP

    and we built the library as described above, then we would add

    C:\Users\<user>\Documents\Visual Studio 2017\Projects\SKM-Client-API-CPP\vsprojects\Output\$(Platform)\$(Configuration)\

    to the Additional Library Directories, assuming your project uses the default Release/Debug configurations in Visual Studio.

    The Example1 project uses the following relative path, which also works: