I want to build a Qt5 example on my desktop machine. I installed qt5-default and qtdeclarative5-dev, but I'm still getting this error:

Project ERROR: Unknown module(s) in QT: quick qml

Which package should be installed for compiling? In the Qt4 times it was simply libqt4-dev

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List of all Qt5 developement packages, available on Ubuntu.

Qt module           dev package                         lib package
bluetooth           qtconnectivity5-dev                 libqt5bluetooth5
concurrent          qtbase5-dev                         libqt5concurrent5
connectivity        qtmobility-dev                      libqtconnectivity1
contacts            qtmobility-dev                      libqt5contacts5
core                qtbase5-dev                         libqt5core5a
dbus                qtbase5-dev                         libqt5dbus5
designer            qttools5-dev                        libqt5designer5
designercomponents  qttools5-dev                        libqt5designercomponents5
feedback            qtmobility-dev                      libqt5feedback5
gallery             qtmobility-dev                      libqtgallery1
gui                 qtbase5-dev                         libqt5gui5
help                qttools5-dev                        libqt5help5
location            qtmobility-dev                      libqt5location5
multimedia          qtmultimedia5-dev                   libqt5multimedia5
multimediakit       qtmobility-dev                      libqtmultimediakit1
network             qtbase5-dev                         libqt5network5
networkauth         libqt5networkauth5-dev              libqt5networkauth5
nfc                 qtconnectivity5-dev                 libqt5nfc5
opengl              libqt5opengl5-dev                   libqt5opengl5
organizer           qtmobility-dev                      libqt5organizer5
positioning         qtpositioning5-dev                  libqt5positioning5
printsupport        qtbase5-dev                         libqt5printsupport5
publishsubscribe    qtmobility-dev                      libqt5publishsubscribe5
qml                 qtdeclarative5-dev                  libqt5qml5
quick               qtdeclarative5-dev                  libqt5quick5
quickparticles      qtdeclarative5-dev                  libqt5quickparticles5
quicktest           qtdeclarative5-dev                  libqt5quicktest5
quickwidgets        qtdeclarative5-dev                  libqt5quickwidgets5
script              qtscript5-dev                       libqt5script5
scripttools         qtscript5-dev                       libqt5scripttools5
sensors             qtmobility-dev, libqt5sensors5-dev  libqt5sensors5
serialport          libqt5serialport5-dev               libqt5serialport5
serviceframework    qtmobility-dev                      libqt5serviceframework5
sql                 qtbase5-dev                         libqt5sql5
svg                 libqt5svg5-dev                      libqt5svg5
systeminfo          qtmobility-dev                      libqt5systeminfo5
test                qtbase5-dev                         libqt5test5
uitools             qttools5-dev                        ?
versit              qtmobility-dev                      libqtversit1
webchannel          ?                                   ?
webkit              libqt5webkit5-dev                   libqt5webkit5
websockets          libqt5websockets5-dev               libqt5websockets5
widgets             qtbase5-dev                         libqt5widgets5
x11extras           libqt5x11extras5-dev                libqt5x11extras5
xml                 qtbase5-dev                         libqt5xml5
xmlpatterns         libqt5xmlpatterns5-dev              libqt5xmlpatterns5

  • 3
    This is really helpful to figure out what to install when a cmake build gives something like /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lQt5::Help. That kind of failure mode seems to be typical for cmake. Jul 11, 2016 at 20:58
  • This is very useful!
    – Atif
    Jul 22, 2016 at 20:13
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    Is there a simple way to install all of these *-dev packages at once?
    – Anonymous
    Mar 16, 2017 at 8:51
  • You can try something like apt-get install qt5*-dev
    – Hyndrix
    Jul 11, 2017 at 9:10
  • A piece of advice. Try and avoid the use of * with any aptitude commands! My friend had to restart his computer because apt remove wine* deleted all packages containing the substring win in it. Be extremely careful with this. Sep 19, 2017 at 12:45

You need to install

  • It's already installed, version 5.2.1-8build1
    – marmistrz
    Aug 8, 2014 at 9:58
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    what about qtdeclarative5-dev?
    – AlexGreg
    Aug 8, 2014 at 10:02
  • It's definitely qtdeclarative5-dev. Can you edit the answer body and add it, please?
    – int_ua
    Oct 11, 2014 at 13:47

The answer to the title is:

sudo apt-get install qtbase5-dev

For your specific problem, the answers above are correct, though.


You can obtain the list of all Qt development packages to choose from with this command:

apt list "libqt5*-dev" "qt*-dev"

It will show the packages available in your current Ubuntu repositories based on the package names for development packages that can be observed in the answer by @gossen. For details about the command and similar commands, see here.

  • 1
    I would say this is slightly better: apt list "libqt5*-dev" "qt*5-dev"
    – DimanNe
    Nov 1, 2021 at 9:42
sudo apt-get install qtdeclarative5-dev qml-module-qtquick-controls

Validate the installation, through::

qtchooser -print-env

Output might resemble as follows (based on package available for your Ubuntu version):


Reference here.

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