I am trying to install POV-Ray 3.7 stable version. I downloaded the source code from github repo.

I followed the instruction for unix system which is described in the README file.

Unfortunately I get error message when I run configure command.

./configure COMPILED_BY="your name <email@address>" 

The first error said that it could not find the boost library 1.37 or higher, so I installed the libraries.

sudo apt-get install libboost-all-dev

Now I can locate them as below:


And I tried to run the configure again, and the error message is like this.

checking for boostlib >= 1.37... yes
checking whether the Boost::Thread library is available... yes
checking for exit in -lboost_thread... yes
checking whether the boost thread library is usable... no
configure: error: in `/usr/local/povray-3.7-stable':
configure: error: cannot link with the boost thread library
See `config.log' for more details

So I put additional option --with-boost-libdir=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/, but it wasn't successful either.

Can anyone tell me what I am missing?


I found it.

The configure script was not able to find library links properly. I am writing this, in case there's anyone who has the same problem as mine.

./configure COMPILED_BY="name <email>" LIBS="-lboost_system -lboost_thread"

This solved my problem, and here's some other solutions. [POV-Ray Newsgroup

Checking whether the boost thread library is usable... no

You install might want to install libboost-thread1.53.0 too.


In Ubuntu 16.10, while Jiho Noh's answer will allow the configure script to run, the gcc compiler defaults to C++14 mode, which results in errors during the compilation. The configure line in Ubuntu 16.10 needs to be as follows:

./configure COMPILED_BY="name <email>" LIBS="-lboost_system -lboost_thread" CXXFLAGS="-std=c++98"

This worked for me to build POV-Ray 3.7 from source.

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