How to compile the IJG JPEG library (libjpeg) for Visual Studio 2010ΒΆ

This procedure should also work for Visual Studio 2012 and later.

  • Go to and download the latest version of the JPEG library. As of Oct 2013, that is version 9, at

  • Unzip the package.

  • Open a Visual Studio Command Prompt:

    • Type “prompt” in Windows 7 Start, or go to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 / Visual Studio Tools.
    • On a 64 bit machine, just use the regular x86 command prompt.
  • In the command prompt, CD to the root of the uncompressed library directory.

  • Create Visual Studio project files:

    > nmake -f setup-v10
  • Close the command prompt.

  • Open the jpeg.sln file from Windows Explorer.

  • Build the desired version by adjusting the property pages for the project:

    • Set runtime to match the rest of yor project:
      • Configuration Properties > C/C++ > Code Generation
    • Set up x64 build:
      • Configuration Manager > Active Solution Platform > New
    • Note that building a DLL does not work (A DLL is created but it is not usable as there are no exported symbols).
  • To use the library:

    • Add the root folder of the library to the include search path. For instance, C:\jpegsr9\jpeg-9
      • Configuration Properties > C/C++ > General > Additional Include Directories
    • Add the appropriate folder with a compiled binary to the lib path. For instance, C:\jpegsr9\jpeg-9\Release
      • Configuration Properties > Linker > Additional Library Directories