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[SOLVED] Building Qt 5.4.1 static application for Windows 7?

  • Hi all, I have created a Window 7 based application and managed to get it running under release build. However this application requires external Qt dll files such as "QtCore5.dll" and "Qt5Gui.dll" as well as a "\platforms" folder with "qminimal.dll", "qpffscreen.dll" and "qwindows.dll".

    I would like to create a standalone application which does not requires any of the external dll files, such as those mentioned above. I'm currently using

    • QtCreator 3.4.0 based on Qt 5.4.1
    • Windows 7
    • MinGW 4.9.1 32bit (installed via Qt Creator, C:\Qt\5.4\mingw491_32\bin\qmake.exe)

    I came across many forums whose solution eventually leads to the url,, but it is meant for 4.7.0. A lot of the directories had since changed, removed or renamed. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make it a standalone?

    Many thanks,

  • Hi and welcome to devnet

    Checkout this link for Qt5
    In order to build Qt yourself AFAIK you should use the source from this zip or of a previous version. The source as shipped in the prebuilds should not be used for recompilation with a different configuration.

  • The steps for building qt 5.4.1 are the same as for qt 4.7.0.
    Have a look at the links koahnig gave you. If you still do not know what to do you could have a look at my german tutorial:ür-statisches-linken-builden-mingw
    It base on an english tutorials, but it was updated for the 5.3.1 libs. Nothing changed to 5.4.1, so you can look up the path in the german tut ;)

    If you still have question feel free to ask. I'll see how to help you.

  • @QT-static-prgm Thank you so much for your tutorial. After some modifications on the tutorial steps, I managed to get it working.

    I have installed the Qt Creator in C:\Qt\5.5 and the opensource to C:\Qt\5.5_static. When reaching the following step:

    • wechselt nun in das Verzeichnis C:\Qt\Qt_5.3.1\ und wählt eure Konfiguration:
    • configure -static -platform win32-g++ -opengl desktop -c++11 -make libs

    instead of running the command in command prompt in the directory C:\Qt\5.5, i ran the command in the directory C:\Qt\5.5_static. When finished running mingw32-make in the command prompt, there were some compiler errors as below:

    w32/bin/ld.exe: C:/Qt/5.5_static/qtbase/lib\libQt5Qml.a(YarrInterpreter.o): bad
    reloc address 0x1f4 in section `.text$_ZN3JSC4Yarr12ByteCompiler7compileEPN3WTF2
    collect2.exe: error: ld returned 1 exit status
    Makefile.Release:86: recipe for target 'C:\Qt\5.5_static\qtbase\bin\qml.exe' fai
    mingw32-make[4]: *** [C:\Qt\5.5_static\qtbase\bin\qml.exe] Error 1
    mingw32-make[4]: Leaving directory 'C:/Qt/5.5_static/qtdeclarative/tools/qml'
    Makefile:34: recipe for target 'release' failed
    mingw32-make[3]: *** [release] Error 2
    mingw32-make[3]: Leaving directory 'C:/Qt/5.5_static/qtdeclarative/tools/qml'
    Makefile:94: recipe for target 'sub-qml-make_first' failed
    mingw32-make[2]: *** [sub-qml-make_first] Error 2
    mingw32-make[2]: Leaving directory 'C:/Qt/5.5_static/qtdeclarative/tools'
    Makefile:66: recipe for target 'sub-tools-make_first' failed
    mingw32-make[1]: *** [sub-tools-make_first] Error 2
    mingw32-make[1]: Leaving directory 'C:/Qt/5.5_static/qtdeclarative'
    makefile:220: recipe for target 'module-qtdeclarative-make_first' failed
    mingw32-make: *** [module-qtdeclarative-make_first] Error 2

    I did came across the following post and the author mentioned that some of these errors can be ignored.

    Following through to the end of the tutorial, I managed to create a and compile a new project with standalone static build kit. I copied the released version of the executable file onto Desktop and run it, it ran without any errors.

    QT-static-prgm, thank you very much for your help.


  • I'm facing another issue right now, I can build a new project as a standalone when I choose the static kit. But when I add the following to the project .pro file:

    QT += core gui \

    QtCreator immediately prompts an error saying

    • Project ERROR: Unknown module(s) in QT: serialport

    I have tried some of the suggestions like below:

    1. Run command prompt and go to C:\Qt\5.5_static\qtserialport
    2. Run the command: qmake

    but it still doesn't work.

    Has anyone work with QtSerialPort in static Qt?

    Thank you


  • @Johnathon
    It could be better to start another thread. Even though the topic is related.
    One of the developers of serialPort is typically very responsive.

  • @koahnig
    Thank you for your suggestion, I will do that.


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