Building GDAL on Windows with Microsoft Visual C++

Historically, it was possible to distribute Debug/Release binaries of GDAL that were pre-built.  However...

Simple steps for Release-mode only:

  1. Get the GDAL source.  The download instructions are on the GDAL site.
  2. Unzip it to create your GDAL folder, e.g. "gdal-2.0.0"
  3. Open a command prompt, go to that folder.
  4. nmake -f
    nmake -f devinstall

To build both Release and Debug:

For any questions, please ask on the GDAL mailing list.