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MSBuild Tasks Specific to Visual C++

Tasks provide the code that runs during the build process. When Visual C++ is installed, the following tasks are available in addition to those that are installed with MSBuild. For more information, see MSBuild (Visual C++) Overview.

In addition to the parameters for each task, every task also has the following parameters.




Optional String parameter.

A Boolean expression that the MSBuild engine uses to determine whether this task will be executed. For information about the conditions that are supported by MSBuild, see MSBuild Conditions.


Optional Boolean parameter

A Boolean value that specifies whether the remaining tasks in the target run if this task fails. The task fails because the Execute method either throws an exception or returns false.

If ContinueOnError is set to true, the remaining tasks run and the failed task does not cause the entire target to fail.

If ContinueOnError is set to false, the remaining tasks do not run and the entire target fails.

By default, ContinueOnError is false.



BscMake Task

Wraps the Microsoft Browse Information Maintenance Utility tool (bscmake.exe).

CL Task

Wraps the Visual C++ compiler tool (cl.exe).

CPPClean Task

Deletes the temporary files that MSBuild creates when a Visual C++ project is built.

LIB Task

Wraps the Microsoft 32-Bit Library Manager tool (lib.exe).

Link Task

Wraps the Visual C++ linker tool (link.exe).


Wraps the Microsoft Interface Definition Language (MIDL) compiler tool (midl.exe).

MT Task

Wraps the Microsoft Manifest Tool (mt.exe).

RC Task

Wraps the Microsoft Windows Resource Compiler tool (rc.exe).

SetEnv Task

Sets or deletes the value of a specified environment variable.

VCMessage Task

Logs warning messages and error messages during a build.

XDCMake Task

Wraps the XML Documentation tool (xdcmake.exe), which merges XML document comment (.xdc) files into an .xml file.

XSD Task

Wraps the XML Schema Definition tool (xsd.exe), which generates schema or class files from a source.

MSBuild Reference

Describes the elements of the MSBuild system.

MSBuild Tasks

Describes tasks, which are units of code that can be combined to produce a build.

Task Writing

Describes how to create a task.