How to Enable MySQL Support in Qt SDK for Linux

Updated: 8 May 2012

Known to work with:

Please follow this guide properly:

  1. Download Qt SDK for Linux/X11 at Qt Software.

  2. Install it anywhere you want, just make sure you remember the path. I installed mine at /opt.

  3. To build MySQL as a plugin, you need to know two other paths:

    • MySQL header directory’s files example:

        decimal.h   m_string.h      my_dbug.h    my_list.h        my_sys.h     mysql_embed.h    mysqld_error.h  sql_state.h        typelib.h
        errmsg.h    my_alloc.h      my_dir.h     my_net.h         my_xml.h     mysql_time.h     raid.h          sslopt-case.h
        keycache.h  my_attribute.h  my_getopt.h  my_no_pthread.h  mysql.h      mysql_version.h  readline.h      sslopt-longopts.h
        m_ctype.h   my_config.h     my_global.h  my_pthread.h     mysql_com.h  mysqld_ername.h  sql_common.h    sslopt-vars.h
    • MySQL library directory’s files example:

        libdbug.a    libmyisammrg.a         libmysqlclient_r.a      libmysys.a
        libheap.a    libmysqlclient.a**  libvio.a
        libmyisam.a**  libmystrings.a
  4. I installed my MySQL at /opt, so those files will be in:

     # Headers directory
     # Libraries directory
  5. Go to your main Qt SDK installation’s path:

     cd /opt/QtSDK/
     cd QtSources/4.8.0/src/plugins/sqldrivers
     # Replace all the path based on your computer environment. 
     /opt/QtSDK/Desktop/Qt/4.8.0/gcc/bin/qmake -o Makefile "INCLUDEPATH+=/opt/mysql-5.5.18-linux2.6-i686/include/" "LIBS+=-L/opt/mysql-5.5.18-linux2.6-i686/lib -lmysqlclient"
     /opt/QtSDK/Desktop/Qt/4.8.0/gcc/bin/qmake "INCLUDEPATH+=/opt/mysql-5.5.18-linux2.6-i686/include/" "LIBS+=-L/opt/mysql-5.5.18-linux2.6-i686/lib -lmysqlclient_r"
     make install
  6. Some files with mysql in the name will be copied in your sqldrivers path:

  7. Before trying your MySQL coding, please make sure is in theLD_LIBRARY_PATH.

  8. Create a new project and put these codes to test your new plugin.

     QT       += core sql
     QT       -= gui
     TARGET    = mysql
     CONFIG   += console
     CONFIG   -= app_bundle
     TEMPLATE = app
     SOURCES += main.cpp

    Make sure you have mysql included in your .pro file.

     #include <QCoreApplication>
     #include <QtSql>
     int main(int argc, char *argv[])
         QCoreApplication a(argc, argv);
         qDebug() << QSqlDatabase::drivers();
         return a.exec();

    You should get QMYSQL in the outputs when you ran the application:


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Written by Amree Zaid

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