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Qt: can't find -lGL error

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment


I just reinstalled QtCreator, created new project (Qt Application) an got this after compilation:

/usr/bin/ld: **cannot find -lGL**
collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status
make: *** [untitled1] Error 1
18:07:41: The process "/usr/bin/make" exited with code 2.
Error while building/deploying project untitled1 (kit: Desktop Qt 5.1.0 GCC 32bit)
When executing step 'Make'

(Project is empty, I did’n commit any changes)

Qt Creator 2.7.2
Based on Qt 5.1.0 (32 bit)
Ubuntu 13.04

How do I solve this problem?


Install package “libgl1-mesa-dev”:

sudo apt-get install libgl1-mesa-dev


you don’t need to install anything. libGL is already installed with Ubuntu, you just need to soft link it. (works for ubuntu 14.x and 15.x)

  1. First locate the GL library
  2. Then link it under /usr/lib
  3. If the library is missing, it can be installed via libgl1-mesa-dev package

Here is how you could do this:

$ locate libGL
$ sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/mesa/libGL.so.1 /usr/lib/libGL.so