How to use Rcpp in Qt (with Mac) [Almost Solved]?

  • Hi!

    I was searching the Qt Forum for the implementation of statistics formulas, such as 1) to convert from a Z Score to a p-value and 2) from a T Score to a p-value.

    In R this is very simple, for example:
    z <- 0.3874
    pvalue = pnorm(-abs(z))

    n <- 25
    t <- 2.71

    Exists there any solution to implement such formulas in a Qt Gui Application?

    I'd be very happy, if someone could give me a hint!

  • Hi!
    Do you already know GSL?

  • Thanks so far!

    Well I found an approximation function for the cdf of standard normal distribution and

    Rcpp covers a lot of statistics functionality!

    What would be the easiest way to use Rcpp or Rmath.h in Qt creator (if I do not need the whole functionality of Rcpp, but just some of Rmath.h)?

  • Hi,

    that's easy. Rcpp is in the Debian and Ubuntu repositories. So the first step is to install it:
    sudo apt-get install r-cran-rcpp

    Next step is to create a new project or open an existing one in QtCreator. In your *.pro file add the include paths for R and Rcpp and tell the linker about the R library:

    INCLUDEPATH += /usr/share/R/include
    INCLUDEPATH += /usr/lib/R/site-library/Rcpp/include
    LIBS += -L/usr/lib -lR

    Now you're up and running. Following the example from the Rcpp introduction (, page 3):

    // ...
    #include <Rcpp.h>
    RcppExport SEXP convolve3cpp(SEXP a, SEXP b) {
        Rcpp::NumericVector xa(a);
        Rcpp::NumericVector xb(b);
        int n_xa = xa.size(), n_xb = xb.size();
        int nab = n_xa + n_xb - 1;
        Rcpp::NumericVector xab(nab);
        for (int i = 0; i < n_xa; i++)
        for (int j = 0; j < n_xb; j++)
        xab[i + j] += xa[i] * xb[j];
        return xab;
    int main(int argc, char *argv[])
        QApplication app(argc, argv);
        // your code 
        return app.exec();


  • Thanks for your helpful reply!

    Well, I have got a problem with the initial task: "sudo: apt-get: command not found" - in the Terminal.
    I am using a Mac OS X Yosemite.

    So I have been only able to install it in R Studio... (where it runs nicely!)

    But, I would like to use Rcpp in Qt creator!

    Any suggestions to install and run it as it should work?

    Or is there an easier way of installing it directly via Qt?

    Please let me know!

  • There is nothing as "installing it via Qt". If you have installed it in R Studio then you just need to locate the R library and the header files I mentioned above. Then adjust the paths in your *.pro file.

  • Thanks! I understand.

    Well in R Studio I identified the R library with ".Library"and I got:

    [1] "/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library"

    In combination with your suggestion I tried this:
    INCLUDEPATH += /Users/xy/share/R/include
    INCLUDEPATH += /Users/xy/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library/Rcpp/include
    LIBS += -L/Users/xy/lib -lR
    but it was not working...

  • Sorry, but I can't help you with Mac OS. :-(

  • Okay! Thank you very much for your help!

  • You're welcome!

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    Hi and welcome to devnet,

    Try with -framework R in place of -lR

  • Thanks!

    Well, now I have got:
    INCLUDEPATH += /Users/xy/share/R/include
    INCLUDEPATH += /Users/xy/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library/Rcpp/include
    LIBS += -L/Users/xy/Library -framework R

    but I still get:
    'Rcpp.h' file not found

    also if change to:
    LIBS += -L/Users/xy/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/

    and when I typed in R Studio:

    I got:

    Sorry, but I do not find the mistake. Any idea?

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    It depends on how you wrote your includes

    What mistake are you thinking about ?

  • I wrote my include: #include "Rcpp.h" in mainwindow.cpp.
    It is not conflicting with: #include "math.h", or?

    And it displays: directory not found for: LIBS += -L/Users/xy/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/ and also for: LIBS += -L/Users/xy/Library -framework R

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    To add a path for frameworks you should user -F /Users/xy/Library/Frameworks/
    The includes are generally in fwname.framework/Headers

  • Hi!

    Sorry, but Qt still does not find the "Rccp.h" file. I tried to include #include "Rcpp.h" in mainwindow.cpp or in mainwindow.h. Or should I include it in main.cpp?

    and additionally I wrote in the .pro-file:
    HEADERS += mainwindow.h

    FORMS += mainwindow.ui

    INCLUDEPATH += /Users/xy/share/R/include
    INCLUDEPATH += /Users/xy/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library/Rcpp/include
    LIBS += -L/Users/xy/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/
    INCLUDEPATH += -F/Users/xy/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library/Rcpp/include

    and I tried: INCLUDEPATH += "/Users/.../include" using: "..." but same result.

    In RStudio it gives me:

    [1] "/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library"
    [1] "/Users/xy"

    So I combined: "/Users/xy/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library"

    Unfortunately, always the same result 'Rcpp.h' not found.

    Even they: found
    "/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library" should be alright!

    Has got anyone an idea?

    I just want to use 'Rcpp.h' (which I already installed via RStudio, where it loads and runs without any problems) in Qt with a Mac. :-)

  • Has anyone an idea to get Rcpp.h
    running in Qt with a Mac?

  • Hi again!
    Can you open the directory "/Users/xy/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library/Rcpp/include" with a file manager? Does it contain the file "Rcpp.h" ?

  • Hi,
    I tried to re-install Rcpp.h:

    • installing source package ‘Rcpp’ ...
      ** Paket ‘Rcpp’ erfolgreich entpackt und MD5 Summen überprüft
      ** libs
      clang++ -I/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/include -DNDEBUG -I../inst/include/ -I/usr/local/include -I/usr/local/include/freetype2 -I/opt/X11/include
      clang++ -dynamiclib -Wl,-headerpad_max_install_names -undefined dynamic_lookup -single_module -multiply_defined suppress -L/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/lib -L/usr/local/lib -o Date.o Module.o Rcpp_init.o api.o attributes.o barrier.o -F/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/.. -framework R -Wl,-framework -Wl,CoreFoundation
      installing to /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Versions/3.1/Resources/library/Rcpp/libs
      ** R
      ** inst
      ** preparing package for lazy loading
      ** help
      *** installing help indices
      ** building package indices
      ** installing vignettes
      ** testing if installed package can be loaded
    • DONE (Rcpp)

    then I used:
    INCLUDEPATH += /Users/xy/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Versions/3.1/Resources/library/Rcpp/include
    LIBS += -I/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/include
    LIBS += -F/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/include

    It still does not run!

  • Hallo :-)

    -o Date.o Module.o Rcpp_init.o api.o attributes.o

    I see that some object code files have been installed. But are you really sure that the file "Rcpp.h" exists in "/Users/xy/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Versions/3.1/Resources/library/Rcpp/include" ? Maybe the Rcpp project has been split in two separate packages: One package only for software that uses Rcpp binaries and a second package for developers that includes all the header files (so called "-dev" package)?

  • Hi Wieland!

    Thanks! Yes it exists!

    I checked (in the Terminal): cd /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library
    and then "ls"

    And it is there: Rcpp

    Then i changed to: cd Rcpp and "ls" gave me:
    DESCRIPTION NEWS.Rd announce help prompt
    INDEX R discovery html skeleton
    Meta README doc

    This was initially downloaded from:

    And I changed:
    INCLUDEPATH += /Users/xy/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library/Rcpp/include
    LIBS += -I/Users/xy/Library/ -framework R
    in the .Pro-file.

    Any ideas?

  • Sorry for being pedantic on this (I'm only as pedantic as the compiler is ;-) ). You said:

    cd /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library
    And it is there: Rcpp

    That is a directory. Where exactly is the file Rcpp.h?

  • Hi Wieland, thanks for your hint!

    Finally, I found Rcpp.h and I managed to include it with the correct path and now Rcpp.h is found!
    Here the two steps, which helped me to solve it:

    1. QMAKE_LFLAGS += -I /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library/Rcpp/ # use qmake and then uncomment it
    2. INCLUDEPATH += -I /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library/Rcpp/include
      Remark: Very important was to change the path directly to /Library/... and include "-I".

    This first part of the problem is solved!

    But now, i get the new error message: framework not found R.

    I use: LIBS += -framework R
    in the .Pro-file (as suggested here:
    I also tried: LIBS += -framework -lR
    it also did not work.

    Here is the error message:

    ld: framework not found R
    clang: error: linker command failed with exit code 1 (use -v to see invocation)
    make: *** [] Error 1
    19:13:17: Der Prozess "/usr/bin/make" wurde mit dem Rückgabewert 2 beendet.
    Fehler beim Erstellen/Deployment des Projekts xy (Kit: Desktop Qt 5.4.1 clang 64bit)
    Bei der Ausführung von Schritt "Make"

    I hope this second part can also be solved. Then it should work! Any suggestions?

  • Lifetime Qt Champion


    Did you add -F/Library/Frameworks to your pro file ? It's the equivalent to -L for libraries

  • Yes!

    Well, the problem removed, but this came up:
    Undefined symbols for architecture x86_64:
    "_REprintf", referenced from:
    Rcpp::Rstreambuf<false>::xsputn(char const*, long) in mainwindow.o
    Rcpp::Rstreambuf<false>::overflow(int) in mainwindow.o
    "_R_FlushConsole", referenced from:
    Rcpp::Rstreambuf<false>::sync() in mainwindow.o
    Rcpp::Rstreambuf<true>::sync() in mainwindow.o
    "_Rprintf", referenced from:
    Rcpp::Rstreambuf<true>::xsputn(char const*, long) in mainwindow.o
    Rcpp::Rstreambuf<true>::overflow(int) in mainwindow.o
    ld: symbol(s) not found for architecture x86_64
    clang: error: linker command failed with exit code 1 (use -v to see invocation)
    make: *** [] Error 1
    23:51:38: Der Prozess "/usr/bin/make" wurde mit dem Rückgabewert 2 beendet.
    Fehler beim Erstellen/Deployment des Projekts xy (Kit: Desktop Qt 5.4.1 clang 64bit)
    Bei der Ausführung von Schritt "Make"

    Especially: symbol(s) not found for architecture x86_64
    does not disappear after several tries.

    it was described that Xcode and Mac Os were not linked properly.

    QMAKE_MAC_SDK = macosx10.9
    was suggested. Either it failed, or: Project ERROR: Could not resolve SDK path for 'macosx10.xy'
    was displayed!

    Well yet not solved... :-)

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