Getting Started with the Intel® C++ Compiler Professional Edition for Mac OS* X

Document number: 308949-005US

The Intel® C++ Compiler 11.0 compiles C and C++ source files on Mac OS* X operating systems. The compiler is supported on IA-32 and Intel® 64 architectures.

You can run use with the Intel C++ Compiler in the Xcode* integrated development environment or from the command line.

Use the Compiler in Xcode*

You must first create or choose an existing C or C++ Xcode* project. These instructions assume you are creating a new project.

  1. Launch the Xcode application, which is typically found in the Developer > Applications folder.
  2. Choose New Project from the File menu. When the New Project Assistant window appears, select Command Line Utility and then choose a template, like Standard Tool.
  3. Click Choose, then name your project and specify an alternate directory, if necessary.
  4. Click Save. (This creates the named project directory, with an .xcodeproj extension. Your new project directory contains a main.c source file, as well as other project files.)
  5. Locate and double-click the target you want to change in the Groups & Files list under the Target group.
  6. In the Target Info window, click Rules.
  7. To add a new rule, click the + button at the bottom, left-hand corner of the Target Info window.
  8. From the new Rule section, under Process, choose C++ source files, and under Using, choose Intel® C++ Compiler.

See the Building Applications with Xcode* section in the compiler documentation for more information about using the compiler with the Xcode integrated development environment.

Start the Compiler from the Command Line

Start using the compiler by performing the following steps:

  1. Open a command prompt.
  2. Set the environment variables for the compiler.
  3. Invoke the compiler.

One way to set the environment variables prior to invoking the compiler is to "source" the compiler environment script, iccvars.sh (or iccvars.csh):

source <install-dir>/bin/iccvars.sh <arg>
 

where <install-dir> is the directory structure containing the compiler /bin directory, and <arg> is the architecture argument listed below.

The environment script takes an argument based on architecture; valid arguments are as follows:

To compile a C language source file (for example, my_source_file.c), use the following command:

icc my_source_file.c
 

To compile C++ source files, use this command:

icpc my_source_file.cpp
 

Following successful compilation, an executable named a.out is created in the current directory.

Using Intel® Performance Libraries

The Intel® C++ Compiler includes the following performance libraries. Refer to the appropriate sections of the documentation listed for information about using these libraries.

Performance Libraries See the...
Intel® Threading Building Blocks Intel® Threading Building Blocks Getting Started Guide included with the Intel® Threading Building Blocks documentation.
Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives Installation Guide included with the Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives documentation.
Intel® Math Kernel Library Intel® Math Kernel Library User's Guide included with the Intel® Math Kernel Library documentation.

Locate the Documentation

The documentation is located in the directories under the <install-dir>/Documentation/ directory. If you installed all of the appropriate components, you can find documentation on the following:

The Release Notes contain information on installing the Intel® C++ Compiler.

The Intel® C++ User and Reference Guides documentation is available as an Apple Developer Documentation documentation set.

In addition to the documentation listed above, some of these components include documentation in the form of man pages.

Note: If you selected to not install a component, the associated documentation is not installed.

Product Information and Technical Support

For general product information or information on support for Intel software products, visit the Intel web site: http://developer.intel.com/software/products/. At this site, you will find comprehensive product information, including:

To find technical support information, to register your product, or to contact Intel, please visit: http://www.intel.com/software/products/support. For additional information, see the Technical Support section of your Release Notes.

See the registration web site for licensing and registration guidance: https://registrationcenter.intel.com/.


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