Installed Visual Studio Build Tools but cannot find cl.exe

Kevin GUIMARD 40 Reputation points


I installed MSVC v142 - VS 2019 and the C++ SDK from the Visual Studio Installer and I rebooted.

First, for some reason, the installation is named "VS 2022", I don't know whether it's normal.

Anyway, I ran the Developer Command Prompt but cannot find cl.exe. Why?
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  1. RLWA32 41,046 Reputation points

    If you only want to be able to build from the command line you can download the separate Build Tools for VS2019. Navigate to

    Expand the selections for 2019 and you should see this -


    After clicking the Download Button and signing in successfully you should see something like this-


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  1. Tianyu Sun-MSFT 27,821 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hello @Kevin GUIMARD ,

    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A forum.

    Please make sure that you have installed the Desktop development with C++ workload(VS Installer > Modify > Workloads).

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