My gcc compiles well, but clang fails with the following message:

clang -fopenmp=libomp -o main main.c
main.c:5:10: fatal error: 'omp.h' file not found

I also installed libomp5 package and changed flag to -fopenmp=libomp5 , though it didn't help either:

clang -fopenmp=libomp5 -o main main.c
clang: error: unsupported argument 'libomp5' to option 'fopenmp='
clang: error: unsupported argument 'libomp5' to option 'fopenmp='

these recommendations didn't work.

Would be grateful for hints on installing necessary 16.04 specific packages and passing corresponding flags.

  • What version of Clang are you using? I have the same problem BTW with clang-3.8 and clang-3.9 on Ubuntu 16.10.
    – Z boson
    Apr 12, 2017 at 13:47
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    sudo apt install libomp-dev
    – Z boson
    Apr 12, 2017 at 13:55
  • Finally, I can use OpenMP with Clang on Ubuntu! I have wanted this for a long time!.
    – Z boson
    Apr 12, 2017 at 13:59

2 Answers 2


I had the same problem.

sudo apt install libomp-dev

Fixed it with Ubuntu 16.10

#include "omp.h"
#include <stdio.h>

int main(void) {
  #pragma omp parallel
  printf("thread %d\n", omp_get_thread_num());


clang test.c -fopenmp
thread 0
thread 5
thread 2
thread 1
thread 7
thread 3
thread 4
thread 6


clant-3.9 test.c -fopenmp


GCC and Clang use different OpenMP runtime libraries : libgomp and libomp respectivly.

Clang's runtime is the LLVM OpenMP runtime which in turn is based on the Intel OpenMP runtime (which is open source). https://www.openmprtl.org/

On my system GCC installed omp.h at


and libomp-dev insalled omp.h at


These are different header files which include different function definitions. It may be okay to use either header file for e.g. omp_get_wtime() but in general I think it's probably better to use the header file that corresponds to the runtime that is linked to.

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    Worked on vanilla 16.04 with stock clang in repos.
    – Bulat M.
    Apr 14, 2017 at 5:43
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    I justed installed Ubuntu 17.04 which defaults to Clang 4.0. I stilled had to use sudo apt install libomp.dev.
    – Z boson
    Apr 21, 2017 at 7:05
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    If you accidentally link libgomp from clang 6, your code will be silently serialized. Feb 27, 2019 at 11:25
  • clant-3.9 test.c -fopenmp shoud be clang-3.9 test.c -fopenmp?
    – Henke
    Nov 24, 2020 at 15:32

It seems omp.h file doesn't exist in your system PATH. firstly try to locate omp.h file if you don't know where it is:

find / -name 'omp.h' -type f

And then run this command to compile your code:

clang -o main main.c -I/path/to/omp/folder
  • That does not fix the problem. It still can't find omp.h.
    – Z boson
    Apr 12, 2017 at 13:48
  • Did you find any omp.h in your system? can you append output of these commands to your question? Apr 13, 2017 at 7:48
  • *.h are header files, why would he want to add them into his path? they should be in /usr/include for example.
    – Ravexina
    Apr 13, 2017 at 11:15
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    Thanks Ghasem, libomp-dev installation on 16.04 solved.
    – Bulat M.
    Apr 14, 2017 at 5:42

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