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/Fe (Name EXE File)


The latest version of this topic can be found at -Fe (Name EXE File).

Specifies a name and a directory for the .exe file or DLL created by the compiler.


Without this option, the compiler gives the file a default name using the base name of the first source or object file specified on the command line and the extension .exe or .dll.

If you specify the/c (Compile Without Linking), to compile without linking, /Fe has no effect.

To set this compiler option in the Visual Studio development environment

  1. Open the project's Property Pages dialog box. For details, see How to: Open Project Property Pages.

  2. Click the Linker folder.

  3. Click the Generalproperty page.

  4. Modify the Output File property.

To set this compiler option programmatically

The following command line compiles and links all C source files in the current directory. The resulting executable file is named PROCESS.exe and is created in the directory C:\BIN.


The following command line creates an executable file in C:\BIN with the same base name as the first source or object file:

CL /FeC:\BIN\ *.C  

Output-File (/F) Options
Compiler Options
Setting Compiler Options
Specifying the Pathname