Problems building XGBoost w/ GPU support for R


Howdy everyone,

I’ve been struggling for the past two days to install XGBoost with GPU support for R. I’ve exhausted almost everything I could think of or find on here, the official docs, and on stack overflow.

I’ll try to be as comprehensive as possible!

CPU: i7-7820X
GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080

Environment (done on fresh install of Windows 10)
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
Visual studio: Visual Studio 2017 (also tried Visual Studio 2015)
Cmake: cmake 3.13.1 (tried several older versions of cmake as well)
R: R 3.5.1 (also tried 3.3.1, 3.4.3, and a patched 3.4.3)

  • I made sure the correct path was set in the environment settings

Rtools: Rtools35

  • I made sure the correct paths were set to the Rtools bin and the mingw64 bin

CUDA: Downloaded the newest CUDA Toolkit

Steps to producing error

The following steps all complete without error:

git clone --recursive
cd xgboost
git submodule init
git submodule update
mkdir build
cd build

I have also used the following variations without luck before building:

cmake … -G"Visual Studio 15 2017 Win64" -DUSE_CUDA=ON -DR_LIB=ON
cmake … -G"Visual Studio 14 2015 Win64" -DUSE_CUDA=ON -DR_LIB=ON

When I enter the following:

cmake --build . --target install --config Release

I get the following error message:

“C:\Users\John Kilbride\xgboost\build\install.vcxproj” (default target) (1) ->
“C:\Users\John Kilbride\xgboost\build\ALL_BUILD.vcxproj” (default target) (3) ->
“C:\Users\John Kilbride\xgboost\build\gpuxgboost.vcxproj” (default target) (5) ->
(CustomBuild target) ->
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Community\Common7\IDE\VC\VCTargets\Microsoft.CppCommon.targets(20
9,5): error MSB6006: “cmd.exe” exited with code 1. [C:\Users\John Kilbride\xgboost\build\gpuxgboost.vcxproj]

563 Warning(s)
1 Error(s)

Time Elapsed 00:00:23.24

The text for the warnings is massive. If that will be useful I can create a link to a pastebin/host a .txt somewhere!

I’ve run out of ideas for what to do. I’ve tried using different versions of the software to match the docs as closely as possible w/out luck. I’ve also tried a TON of variations based on what other people had luck using.

Other instances of people talking about this issue concluded with them downloading the unofficial pre-compiled versions which doesn’t exist to my knowledge for R.


Can you put up the complete log for error?


Hello hcho3,

Sorry for the wait! Here is a pastebin link:

It is extremely long but I will refer you to line 436 where the major error appears to have occurred.

Thank you,


Somehow the build is trying to use 32 bit, which is not supported. Are you using 64 bit processor and Windows? Is your R 64 bit?



I’m using this processor: Intel Core i7-7820X

And I installed the lastest version of R. Running this command:

bigint <- integer(2^32 / 4)

in R yilds a very large integer (~4gb in memory and suggests my R implementation is 64-bit as well).

My widows install is 64-bit (Windows 10 Pro).

This is pushing my PC knowledge but is there a 32-bit compiler it could be erroneously pointing to?