Regular user

How does Hunter affect end users which do usually run *.msi or *.dmg installers? The answer - it does not at all. Hunter in fact do quite the same stuff that developer do with packages: download, build, install, reuse in other projects. There will be no new functionality introduced by package - it will be installed in the same way as system package manager or custom build script do. But giving you much more control and allow you experimenting seamlessly. From some point of view Hunter is like adding unit-testing to your project. It’s the tool that will not extend final behavior of application directly. However just like with unit-testing users will probably notice result effect such as stability/quality in overall.

Hunter in CMake environment

Here is an activity diagram showing the location of Hunter in regular CMake tools environment: