Trying to setup a development environment for opencpn on Ubuntu 20.04 (focal).

I get the following error message:

dave@nuc3:~$ sudo apt-get install build-essential cmake gettext git-core gpsd gpsd-clients libgps-dev wx-common libwxgtk3.0-dev libglu1-mesa-dev libgtk2.0-dev wx3.0-headers libbz2-dev libtinyxml-dev libportaudio2 portaudio19-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libexpat1-dev libcairo2-dev libarchive-dev liblzma-dev libexif-dev libelf-dev libsqlite3-dev
[sudo] password for dave: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Note, selecting 'git' instead of 'git-core'
Package libwxgtk3.0-dev is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

E: Package 'libwxgtk3.0-dev' has no installation candidate

Can anyone suggest how I might resolve the missing libwxgtk3.0-dev library?

  • Please first run sudo apt update and then sudo apt full-upgrade. If you see any messages, errors, or warnings, post the entire output of both commands here.
    – DK Bose
    May 19, 2020 at 3:48
  • What was wrong with simple sudo apt-get install opencpn ?
    – N0rbert
    May 19, 2020 at 7:15
  • @N0rbert Yes, I did that to start with but am unable to find OpenCPN plugins for Ubuntu focal so I need to compile the plugins myself, and so I have started with OpenCPN. May 20, 2020 at 5:29
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    @user535733 That's it. I resolved it by substituting libwxgtk3.0-gtk3-dev for libwxgtk3.0-dev in the list of packages to install. Everything compiled fine and I have been able to compile most of the plugins I want as well. May 20, 2020 at 5:34

2 Answers 2


libwxgtk3.0-dev was changed to libwxgtk3.0-gtk3-dev in Ubuntu 20.04.

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    its actually libwxgtk3.0-gtk3-dev Jul 30, 2020 at 15:56
  • @IgorSkoric yes, thank you, can someone fix the answer to this? So every doesnt have to use wrong one on first try?
    – JIV
    Jul 12, 2021 at 7:26

The package was renamed from libwxgtk3.0-dev to libwxgtk3.0-gtk3-dev like @igor pointed out in the comments.

  • 1
    This works for me on Ubuntu 20.10
    – thanos.a
    Mar 4, 2021 at 9:24

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