Could I use VS2013 instead of VS2012express (error MSB8020)

Hi Forum, I’ve just found OF and want to use it for an opencv project. At the beginning I have two questions:

  1. Is it possible to use VS2013 instead of VS2012express?
  2. I’ve tried to build the “emptyExample” in VS2012express but I’ve got the error MSB8020: The builds tools for v120 (…) cannot be found… and the error LNK1104: cannot open file C:…openframeworksLib_debug.lib

I hope anybody can help me and I’m able to go on with openframeworks, because I suppose it’s probably the best solution for my work. I would like to thank you very much in advance.

The github master is now adapted to use VS2015, maybe you can work with that version

The same error occurs as with the 2012 version: MSB8020
Anyhow, thank you!

Either use the current Git version (which might be unstable) or the branch by LiquidZym ( The latter worked very well for my last project.

If you want to use OF 0.8.4, its built for the VS2012 compiler which will not work with VS2013, you can use 2013 to build your projects but the compiler version has to be msvc2012 (v110). Your error means you upgraded your project file to use VS2013 compiler, so it will not build. change the toolset to v110 which is in the property settings