Command line tool to change Visual C++ project to use Intel C++ compiler

Introduction

Intel® C++ Compiler for Windows provides a command line tool to set a Visual C++ project to use Intel C++ compiler. You can use the command line tool as an alternative if you do not want to set the Visual C++ project within IDE.

This tool is called ICProjConvertXXX.exe and is installed under <common files>\Intel\Shared Files\ia32\Bin directory. The tool name changes from release to release. The following table shows the tool name and corresponding Intel C++ Compiler product version:

 

ICProjConvert120.exe Intel C++ Composer XE for Windows update 5 or older
ICProjConvert121.exe Intel C++ Composer XE for Windows update 6 and newer
ICProjConvert130.exe Intel C++ Composer XE 2013 for Windows
ICProjConvert140.exe Intel C++ Composer XE 2013 SP1 for Windows
ICProjConvert150.exe Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2015 for C++ Windows;
Intel® System Studio 2015;
Intel® Integrated Native Developer Experience (Intel® INDE) 2015

This tool will remain on your system even if you uninstalled the Intel C++ Compiler for Windows or Intel C++ Composer for Windows. Because it is the only tool to set an Intel C++ project back to Visual C++.

Usage

The usage of the tool is described below:

>> ICProjConvert150.exe /?
Intel(R) C++ Project Converter, version 15.0.xxx.11
Copyright (C) 2002-2014 Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.
Usage: ICProjConvert150.exe <sln_file | prj_files> </VC[:"VCtoolset name"] | /IC[:"ICtoolset name"]> [/msvc] [/s] [/f]
Where:
sln_file - is a path to solution file, which should be updated to specified project system.
prj_files - space separated list of project files (or wildcard), which will use the specified project system.
/VC - to use the Visual C++ project system.
/IC - to use the Intel C++ project system.
"ICtoolset name": one of the following toolset names 
  - Intel C++ Compiler 15.0 [Intel(R) INDE]
        This is the default if no ICtoolset name specified and only Intel® INDE 2015 is installed.
  - Intel C++ Compiler 15.0 [Intel(R) System Studio]
        This is the default if no ICtoolset name specified and only Intel® System Studio 2015 is installed.
  - Intel C++ Compiler XE 15.0
        This is the default if no ICtoolset name specified and only Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2015 is installed.
  - Intel C++ Compiler XE 14.0
  - Intel C++ Compiler XE 13.0
  - Intel C++ Compiler XE 12.0

/q - quiet mode, all information messages (except errors) are hidden.
/nologo - suppress startup banner.
/msvc - set the compiler to MS VC++.
/s - search the project files through all subdirectories.
/f - force to update the project even if it has unsupported type or properties.
/? or /h - show help. 

Examples

If the solution or project is a Visual Studio 2010, 2012 or 2013 project, use following:

// set the whole solution to use Intel C++ compiler 15.0
>> icProjConvert150 mytest_vs2012.sln /IC:"Intel C++ Compiler XE 15.0"

// set project "lib1" of mytest_vs2012.sln to use Intel C++ compiler 15.0
>> icProjConvert150 mytest_vs2012.sln lib1.vcxproj /IC:"Intel C++ Compiler XE 15.0"

or

>> icProjConvert150 lib1.vcxproj /IC:"Intel C++ Compiler XE 15.0"

This article applies to:
Products: Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2015 for C++ Windows; Intel® INDE; Intel® System Studio
Host OS: Windows
Target OS: Windows

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