Triplet files

Triplet is a standard term used in cross compiling as a way to completely capture the target environment (cpu, os, compiler, runtime, etc) in a single convenient name.

In Vcpkg, we use triplets to describe self-consistent builds of library sets. This means every library will be built using the same target cpu, OS, and compiler toolchain, but also CRT linkage and preferred library type.

We currently provide many triplets by default (run vcpkg help triplet). However, you can easily add your own by creating a new file in the triplets\ directory. The new triplet will immediately be available for use in commands, such as vcpkg install boost:x86-windows-custom.

To change the triplet used by your project, such as to enable static linking, see our Integration Document.



Specifies the target machine architecture.

Valid options are x86, x64, and arm.


Specifies the desired MSVCRT linkage.

Valid options are dynamic and static.


Specifies the preferred library linkage.

Valid options are dynamic and static. Note that libraries can ignore this setting if they do not support the preferred linkage type.


Specifies the target platform.

Valid options are WindowsStore or empty. Empty corresponds to Windows Desktop and WindowsStore corresponds to UWP. When setting this variable to WindowsStore, you must also set VCPKG_CMAKE_SYSTEM_VERSION to 10.0.


Specifies the C/C++ compiler toolchain to use.

This can be set to v141, v140, or left blank. If left blank, we select the latest compiler toolset available on your machine.

Per-port customization

The CMake Macro PORT will be set when interpreting the triplet file and can be used to change settings (such as VCPKG_LIBRARY_LINKAGE) on a per-port basis.


set(VCPKG_CRT_LINKAGE dynamic)
    set(VCPKG_LIBRARY_LINKAGE dynamic)

This will build qt5 as DLLs against the dynamic CRT, but every other library as a static library (still against the dynamic CRT).

For an example in a real project, see

Additional Remarks

The default triplet when running any vcpkg command is %VCPKG_DEFAULT_TRIPLET% or x86-windows if that environment variable is undefined.

We recommend using a systematic naming scheme when creating new triplets. The Android toolchain naming scheme is a good source of inspiration: