ComputeCpp CE for Windows®

This guide was created for versions: v0.1.0 - Latest

You can download the Windows version of ComputeCpp CE from the downloads page.

Platform Requirements

Windows 7 or Windows 10 (with elevated privileges)

OpenCL Drivers

  • OpenCL driver that supports SPIR
  • There is experimental support for SPIR-V OpenCL drivers (your hardware vendor may be able to provide support information)


  • Visual Studio 2015
  • Visual Studio 2017 (experimental support)

Usage Notes

Your Visual Studio xxxx install may be missing required C++ tools and configurations, you can check this by modifying your install from add/remove programs.

If you are not using the Visual Studio user interface but are using the Visual Studio compiler please make sure to run through the Visual Studio native tools command prompt (in particular if using CMake)

Checking ComputeCpp Hardware Support

You can use the "computecpp_info" tool provided to find out what devices on your machine are supported by ComputeCpp. Run the executable by opening a command prompt and typing “C:\Program Files\Codeplay\ComputeCpp\bin\computecpp_info.exe”. This will list any devices on your machine that can be used to run SYCL applications.

The output will look something like this:

Setting Up A Windows SYCL Project

To start a new SYCL project follow these steps:

  • Open Visual Studios 2015
  • Select “create a new project” from the landing page or file menu
  • Select the option for Visual C++ from the templates option on the left
  • Select ComputeCpp Project from the available templates and fill in the required fields
  • Open main.cpp once the solution loads to view a very basic SYCL application
  • Build and run the application

ComputeCpp Sample Code on Windows

There is sample code that accompanies ComputeCpp that is hosted on GitHub. All you need to do is clone the repository

Note: If using ComputeCpp v0.9.0 you will need to first apply a small temporary fix in the cmake/modules/FindComputeCpp.cmake file. Comment out all lines containing the COMPUTECPP_RUNTIME_LIBRARY_DEBUG variable. The reason is that there's no '_d.lib' file provided, in order for Visual Studio to be able to compile the SDK in Debug config. Therefore, you will also have to compile it in Release config for now. This will be fixed in the next release.

In the root create a "build" folder and in that folder call the following depending on your Visual Studio version. At the moment you need to have the VS2015 tool set installed.

Visual Studio 2015

cmake .. -G "Visual Studio 14 Win64" -DComputeCpp_DIR="C:\Program Files\Codeplay\ComputeCpp"

Visual Studio 2017

cmake .. -G "Visual Studio 15 2017 Win64" -T v140 -DComputeCpp_DIR="C:\Program Files\Codeplay\ComputeCpp"

This will generate a solution file for Visual Studio 2015 that can be used to compile and run the samples.