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Exporting C++ classes without using MFC extension DLL

, 5 Jun 2002
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This article describes the process of exporting regular C++ classes without using MFC extension DLLs
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DLLs are a great way of sharing common pieces of code data between applications. When it comes down to exporting C++ classes from DLLs most of us go for MFC extension DLLs where we can use the AFX_EXT_CLASS macro to export an entire class. Unfortunately, MFC is no lean and mean class architecture, which means that distributing MFC extension DLLs mean that you have to include the big MFC runtime not to mention the fact that your DLL can only be linked to MFC applications exclusively. What's the solution then? Enter standard Win32 DLLs.


I couldn't believe my eyes on how easily one can export C++ classes directly from a plain vanilla Win32 DLL. Just make one and insert your classes into the DLL. Now simply put __declspec(dllexport) in between the class keyword and the class name, i.e.

// in your header...

class __declspec(dllexport) CDllTest

  void SayHello();

// in your cpp...

void CDllTest::SayHello()
 printf(_T("Hello C++"));

That's it! The sample code and project are pretty self explanatory. Enjoy.


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QuestionI got lilnker error LN2019 PinmemberVivek_Mendse10-Nov-11 19:52 
QuestionReally - that simple? PinmemberVaclav_Sal4-Feb-11 9:48 
GeneralUsing dll Pinmembers_t_r_e_a_m_e_r18-Nov-07 2:19 
QuestionHow can I use a class exported from a DLL by using LoadLibrary function Pinmemberzhoujinjun085827-Aug-07 5:22 
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