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Bazel vs CMake: What are the differences?

What is Bazel? Correct, reproducible, fast builds for everyone. Bazel is a build tool that builds code quickly and reliably. It is used to build the majority of Google's software, and thus it has been designed to handle build problems present in Google's development environment.

What is CMake? *An open-source system that manages the build process *. It is used to control the software compilation process using simple platform and compiler independent configuration files, and generate native makefiles and workspaces that can be used in the compiler environment of the user's choice.

Bazel and CMake can be primarily classified as "Java Build" tools.

Bazel is an open source tool with 12.4K GitHub stars and 2.03K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Bazel's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Bazel has a broader approval, being mentioned in 11 company stacks & 7 developers stacks; compared to CMake, which is listed in 6 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

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Pros of Bazel
Pros of CMake
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    Fast
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    Deterministic incremental builds
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    Correct
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    Enforces declared inputs/outputs
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    Multi-language
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    High-level build language
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    Scalable
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    Multi-platform support
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    Sandboxing
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    Dependency management
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    Flexible
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    Windows Support
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    Android Studio integration
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    Has package registry

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Cons of Bazel
Cons of CMake
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    No Windows Support
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    Bad IntelliJ support
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    Poor windows support for some languages
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    Constant breaking changes
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    Learning Curve
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    Lack of Documentation
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    What is Bazel?

    Bazel is a build tool that builds code quickly and reliably. It is used to build the majority of Google's software, and thus it has been designed to handle build problems present in Google's development environment.

    What is CMake?

    It is used to control the software compilation process using simple platform and compiler independent configuration files, and generate native makefiles and workspaces that can be used in the compiler environment of the user's choice.

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