Unable to build on Windows with VS 2019

I’m new to blender dev and am trying to get things working by following the Quick Setup instructions on https://wiki.blender.org/wiki/Building_Blender/Windows. Unfortunately, I’m unable to perform the compile step. I’m getting the error

No explicit msvc version requested, autodetecting version.
** Visual Studio 2019 Developer Command Prompt v16.4.3
** Copyright (c) 2019 Microsoft Corporation
[vcvarsall.bat] Environment initialized for: 'x64'
Compiler Detection successful, detected VS2019
Building blender with VS2019 for x64 in D:\dev\github.com\blender-git\blender\..\build_windows_x64_vc16_Release
CMake Error: Could not create named generator Visual Studio 16 2019

  Visual Studio 15 2017 [arch] = Generates Visual Studio 2017 project files.
                                 Optional [arch] can be "Win64" or "ARM".


"Configuration Failed"

I’ve just created a fresh install of VS 2019 and the ‘make update’ ran fine. Any idea what’s wrong?

Hi, I would say the problem is with cmake, download the latest version and retry. From your post, it seems you are using and old cmake that doesn’t support 2019.



That worked. Thanks!

Oh my god I’ve been close to tearing my hair out trying to build bpy. This comment was the magic sauce - thanks a bunch!