Boost Sandbox

The Boost Sandbox (housed in the sandbox subdirectory of the Subversion repository) contains unreviewed code that is intended to eventually become a part of the Boost libraries.

Accessing the Boost Sandbox

The Boost Sandbox lives at within the Boost Subversion repository. To access the Boost Sandbox, please refer to the BoostSubversion page. Anyone interesting in working on Boost code is welcome to a sandbox developer account; send your request for access to the Boost moderators.


Because there are typically many projects in the sandbox at any one time (in various stages of development), the sandbox should be organized by project. Each project should have its own subdirectory inside sandbox. For example, a new XML library would reside in sandbox/xml. Inside that project-specific subdirectory, the project should be organized like any other Boost library, with a boost subdirectory (for headers) and libs subdirectory (for source code, build files, and documentation). Our hypothetical XML project would likely have the following structure:


boost/ - Contains xml.hpp, which includes all of the headers from xml/

xml/ - Contains Boost.XML headers



build/ - Contains Jamfiles to build Boost.XML

doc/ - Contains documentation for Boost.XML

src/ - Contains Boost.XML compiled source files

Many existing projects in the sandbox do not follow this structure, opting to place headers in sandbox/boost and supporting files in sandbox/libs. We encourage developers to migrate these projects to the project-centric organizational structure.

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