Unable to use PostgreSQL with Qt 5.2.1

  • Even after reading related topics in the forum, and the details given in http://qt-project.org/doc/qt-5/sql-driver.html I am still unable to get a simple Qt desktop dialog application to work with PostgreSQL in Windows 7 64-bit. I am able to compile the application, but when I run it (from within Qt Creator), it is not loading the database driver and I am getting the following error (please note that I have the environment variable QT_DEBUG_PLUGINS set to 1).

    _QFactoryLoader::QFactoryLoader() looking at "C:/bin/Qt/Qt5.2.1/5.2.1/msvc2012_64_opengl/plugins/sqldrivers/qsqlpsqld.dll"
    Found metadata in lib C:/bin/Qt/Qt5.2.1/5.2.1/msvc2012_64_opengl/plugins/sqldrivers/qsqlpsqld.dll, metadata=
    "IID": "org.qt-project.Qt.QSqlDriverFactoryInterface",
    "MetaData": {
    "Keys": [
    "className": "QPSQLDriverPlugin",
    "debug": true,
    "version": 328193

    Got keys from plugin meta data ("QPSQL7", "QPSQL")
    QFactoryLoader::QFactoryLoader() looking at "C:/bin/Qt/Qt5.2.1/5.2.1/msvc2012_64_opengl/plugins/sqldrivers/qsqlpsqld.pdb"
    "Plugin verification data mismatch in 'C:/bin/Qt/Qt5.2.1/5.2.1/msvc2012_64_opengl/plugins/sqldrivers/qsqlpsqld.pdb'"
    not a plugin
    QFactoryLoader::QFactoryLoader() checking directory path "C:/Users/testuser/qtwork/build-TestApp-Desktop_Qt_5_2_1_MSVC2012_OpenGL_64bit-Debug/debug/sqldrivers" ...
    loaded library "C:/bin/Qt/Qt5.2.1/5.2.1/msvc2012_64_opengl/plugins/sqldrivers/qsqlpsqld.dll"
    QLibraryPrivate::loadPlugin failed on "C:/bin/Qt/Qt5.2.1/5.2.1/msvc2012_64_opengl/plugins/sqldrivers/qsqlpsqld.dll" : "Cannot load library C:/bin/Qt/Qt5.2.1/5.2.1/msvc2012_64_opengl/plugins/sqldrivers/qsqlpsqld.dll: "
    QSqlDatabase: QPSQL driver not loaded
    QSqlDatabase: available drivers: QSQLITE QMYSQL QMYSQL3 QODBC QODBC3 QPSQL QPSQL7

    QFactoryLoader::QFactoryLoader() checking directory path "C:/bin/Qt/Qt5.2.1/5.2.1/msvc2012_64_opengl/plugins/accessiblebridge" ... _

    The location of PostgreSQL library libpq.dll, C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\9.3\bin, has been appended to the PATH variable.

    This is what I am using:

    (1) Qt Creater 3.0.1
    (2) Qt 5.2.1 MSVC2012 OpenGL 64bit
    (3) PostgreSQL 9.3 64-bit
    (4) Windows 7 64-bit
    (5) Microsoft Visual C++ Compiler 11.0

    The code snippet is quite simple, taken from the documentation pages.

    QSqlDatabase db = QSqlDatabase::addDatabase("QPSQL");
    bool ok = db.open();

    if (ok == false) {
    QSqlError error = db.lastError();
    // printing the error here

    The following is my project file:

    Project created by QtCreator 2014-03-31T09:51:40


    QT += core gui sql

    greaterThan(QT_MAJOR_VERSION, 4): QT += widgets

    TARGET = TestApp
    TEMPLATE = app

    SOURCES += main.cpp

    HEADERS += dialog.h

    FORMS += dialog.ui

    LIBS += -LC:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\9.3\lib
    LIBS += -llibpq_

    Any help or hint to resolve this would be highly appreciated.

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    Hi and welcome to devnet,

    Check that the PATH environment variable in the Run part of the Project panel also contains the path to the PostgreSQL dll

    Hope it helps

  • Hello SGalst, thank you for the reply.

    Yes the path to PostgreSQL dll, C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\9.3\bin, is already appended to the PATH env. variable in the Run part of the Project panel.

  • Solved after using Dependency Walker to look at qsqlpsqld.dll.

  • This also happens on 5.7.

    I've created an issue and a resolution here:


    TL;DR = Add the location of the LIBPQ.DLL client library to your windows PATH envar.

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