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Setting up SDL with Visual Studio 2019 (C++)

Setting up SDL in Visual Studio on Windows is a bit different than setting it up on Linux. So here is a little guide on how to do it. At first you have to download the development package that you want to use. At the time of this guide the latest version was "SDL2-devel-2.0.10-VC.zip" as seen below. download-sdl-development-package After downloading the package, you need to extract it to somewhere. I usually use "C:\Program Files (x86)\programminglibraries\NAMEofLibrary" where "NAMEofLibrary" is the name of the library. You will find atleast 3 directories "docs", "include", "lib". An offline documentation can be found inside the "docs" directory. Now comes the Visual Studio part. My Visual Studio is in german but i'll try to translate the options and show everything with some screenshots. Open up Visual Studio and create a new Win32 or Console application Go to Tools -> Options -> Configuration -> VC++ Directories There we have to add includes and libraries. To do that you have to click on the text and add the paths in the popup. Your SDL "include" directory has to be added to the VC++ Include popup and your SDL "lib" directory has to be added to the VC++ Library popup. Add SDL references Important steps! Now we get to the steps that i have not seen anywhere else except in one burried StackOverflow post. Without these SDL did not work for me on Windows. Go to "Tools -> Options -> Configuration -> Linker -> Input" and add
to the Additional Dependencies
Now you need to add the files "SDL2.lib" and "SDL2main.lib" of the SDL "lib" directory to your project. That can be done by right-clicking the project -> add -> existing resource After that you need to copy the "SDL2.dll" to your project directory. Finally change your "int main()" to "int main(int argc, char* args[])" in your code. Now you should be able to use the "SDL.h" include without an error.