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Boost provides free peer-reviewed portable C++ source libraries.

We emphasize libraries that work well with the C++ Standard Library. Boost libraries are intended to be widely useful, and usable across a broad spectrum of applications. The Boost license encourages both commercial and non-commercial use.

We aim to establish "existing practice" and provide reference implementations so that Boost libraries are suitable for eventual standardization. Ten Boost libraries are already included in the C++ Standards Committee's Library Technical Report ( TR1) as a step toward becoming part of a future C++ Standard. More Boost libraries are proposed for the upcoming TR2.

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Background: The Background Information page has introductory material to help those educating their organization about Boost.


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July 24, 2007 - Version 1.34.1

This is a bug fix release addressing many problems with the 1.34.0 release. It is a recommended upgrade for all users of Boost 1.34.0. For a complete list of fixes see Boost Trac.

Supported Compilers

New in this release is improved support for the IBM XL C/C++ compiler.

Boost is tested on a wide range of compilers and platforms. Since Boost libraries rely on modern C++ features not available in all compilers, not all Boost libraries will work with every compiler. The following compilers and platforms have been extensively tested with Boost, although many other compilers and platforms will work as well. For more information, see the regression test results.


Thomas Witt managed this release.

A great number of people contributed their time and expertise to make this release possible. Special thanks go to Kim Barrett consolidating Boost.Iostreams changes from various branches and Rene Rivera for general build and installation support.