This course will give an introduction to creating/modifying Makefiles:


  • Make introduction

  • Makefile introduction

  • Automation

  • Data and the code: updating pipeline

  • Creating pattern rules

  • Variables and functions

  • Documenting Makefiles

  • This course provides hands-on sessions



This course is primarily targeted at current VSC-users.



Total duration: 4 hours.



Free of charge



Participants should have a programming experience in C/C++ or Fortran. Having a basic knowledge of Linux is expected (if not please follow first the Linux-introduction course). Users that want to work on VSC account should already have a VSC account created and should have followed HPC introduction and Linux for HPC or should have the equivalent knowledge).


  • Understanding make operation

  • Being able to write own Makefiles


If you are planning to use your VSC account during hand-on sessions and you already asked for the vsc-account and created a key-pair, in order to speed up the vsc-account use during the practical exercise, please bring your private key with you (on your laptop or on your usb-stick) to be able to login. If you lost it or you do not remember the passphrase associated with it - we will assist you in creating a new key pair.


If you do not have KU Leuven ID (e.g. u-, r- or s- number), please contact us ( so that we can create a temporary account for you, with which you will be able to login on computers used during hands-on sessions or use wifi on your own laptop.