Makefile and GNU make on Linux and Unix

Learn Makefile and GNU make tutorial for build automation of C/C++ projects and tasks on Linux and Unix.

This "Makefile and GNU make" course is must(have to skill) for defining the build process for new product and understanding for maintenance of existing product.

Why learn Makefile and GNU make

  • Must have skill for Software Development/Maintenance
  • Every Project has Build activity
  • There are separate Build and Release teams
  • Automation of Build is must for big real and complex projects
  • First step to get complex product to release
  • Necessary to understand the working of Product
  • Better management of product
  • Fresh engineers require better understanding of system
  • Well prepared for interview

Build process is one of the most important activity in development and support of software product. Software products have grown with unbelievable number of files. Now most of the big software products require separate team for build activity. Similarly there are lot of tasks required for managing the software products. Whether it is a development from scratch or maintenance of existing product, build process has to be defined and understood properly. Makefile and GNU make are used heavily from years for software product build automation.

The complexity of build process and numerous tasks to maintain the software product require efficient automation. Makefile and GNU make in linux/unix provide great features to automate the build process and tasks in efficient way. Use of Makefile in C/C++ project is very common and GNU make is most favorite tool of developers for building the complex projects.

This "Learn Makefile and GNU make on Linux and Unix" tutorial explains all the features provided by the make utility. The course explains how to create the Makefile, how to run the Makefile and various activity of building project in Makefile by using the features provided by GNU make.

All the features explained have been shown with appropriate Makefile examples and other required files. Automation of build process and tasks have been explained and demonstration is provided for the same.

I have used GNUStep and MINGW on Windows as environment but it can be done on any Linux/Unix system or other system for variety of applications for automation of build process and tasks.

It will be good to have the GNU make manual to get more details.

Examples are taken for small C programs but simple programs of any other language like C++/Java/Python/Ruby/golang etc can be taken to learn and build automation of projects and tasks.Also the same can be applied for Docker/Embedded System etc.

This "Learn Makefile and GNU make on Linux and Unix" online course is already helping lot of developers as very few Makefile books/tutorial are available which can make good foundation. Also it will be a good complement to any GNU make book/tutorial.

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Your Instructor

Suresh Kumar Srivastava
Suresh Kumar Srivastava

Industry Experience

Industry experience of 18+ years.
Worked on system side includes driver, compiler, linker, debugger, IDE, System Utilities, system management.
Worked on architecture and design of various products and tools.


Author of popular books on C language "C In Depth" and on Data Structures "Data Structures Through C In Depth", loved by 350,000+ students.

C In Depth
S K Srivastava, Deepali Srivastava
BPB Publications

Data Structures Through C In Depth
S K Srivastava, Deepali Srivastava
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Founder of and Sonebhadra Technologies which provides software solutions and training.

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