How to enable MySQL Support in Qt SDK for Windows

It has been quite a while since I wrote the previous guide. Since that particular post gained a lot of visitors, I decided to write a new guide based on the new Qt SDK and MySQL so that it will help people with new version for both softwares.

Download Qt SDK and install it. In my case, I installed it at C:\QtSDK. You must make sure that you’ve chosen to install Qt Sources. If you have Qt SDK installed but you haven’t install Qt sources, just go to Start > All Programs > Qt SDK > Maintain Qt SDK to install it.

Download MySQL and install it. In my case, I choose to install it at:

C:\Program Files (x86)\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.5.

You don’t need to install everything if you want to compile the plugin. Make sure you will at least choose to install Client C API Library.

Open Start > All Programs > Qt SDK > Desktop > Qt 4.7.3 for Desktop (MingW)

Run these commands (change according to your environment):

> set mysql=C:\PROGRA~2\MySQL\MYSQLS~1.5
> cd \
> cd QtSDK\QtSources\4.7.3\src\plugins\sqldrivers\mysql\

> qmake "INCLUDEPATH+=%mysql%\include" "LIBS+=%mysql%\lib\libmysql.lib" -o Makefile
> mingw32-make

> qmake "INCLUDEPATH+=%mysql%\include" "LIBS+=%mysql%\lib\libmysql.lib" -o Makefile "CONFIG+=release"
> mingw32-make

You should be able to run these commands without any error.

You’ll find two directories (debug and release) created in the current directory.

In debug directory, you’ll find libqsqlmysqld4.a and qsqlmysqld4.dll.

Meanwhile, in release directory, you’ll find libqsqlmysql4.a and qsqlmysql4.dll.

Copy all these 4 files into:


Copy libmysql.dll (found in your MySQL installation directory) into C:\Windows.

Create new project and put these codes to test your new plugin

#include <QApplication>
#include <QtSql>

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

Make sure you have QtSql Module in your project configuration file (.pro file)

QT += sql

You’ll get these outputs showing that your Qt has supports for MySQL:


Things to watch out for:

  1. You can’t use MySQL 64 Bit (at the moment) to compile the plugin.

  2. Make sure you’ll use short path type if you’ve installed MySQL into directory’s name containing spaces.

  3. Load sql module in your .pro file.

Tested on:

I’m currently dedicating most of my time developing Rails application. So, I strongly encourage you guys to get help at Qt Developer Network if you have any problem. Those guys are very helpful.

Written by Amree Zaid

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