Build instructions for Qt

The OVITO package includes a binary version of the Qt libraries licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPLv3). In accordance with the requirements of this license, this page provides instructions on how to obtain or rebuild compatible versions of these binaries from source.


OVITO for Windows includes the original and unmodified binary DLLs of Qt 5.12.6 distributed by the Qt Company.


OVITO for Linux includes Qt libraries that have been built from the unmodified sources of Qt 5.12.6 distributed by the Qt Company. The following commands have been used to generate them:

# Build platform: CentOS 6.9
# Compiler: g++ 7.1 (CentOS devtoolset-7)
./configure \
    -opensource \
    -confirm-license \
    -shared \
    -nomake examples \
    -qt-libpng \
    -qt-libjpeg \
    -qt-pcre \
    -qt-xcb \
    -xkbcommon \
    -no-cups \
    -pch \
    -no-eglfs \
    -no-linuxfb \
    -skip qtactiveqt \
    -skip qtconnectivity \
    -skip qt3d \
    -skip qtcanvas3d \
    -skip qtdatavis3d \
    -skip qtcharts \
    -skip qtlocation \
    -skip qtsensors \
    -skip qtdeclarative \
    -skip qtdoc \
    -skip qtgraphicaleffects \
    -skip qtmultimedia \
    -skip qtquickcontrols \
    -skip qtquickcontrols2 \
    -skip qtpurchasing \
    -skip qtremoteobjects \
    -skip qtsensors \
    -skip qtserialport \
    -skip qttranslations \
    -skip qtwebchannel \
    -skip qtgamepad \
    -skip qtscript \
    -skip qtserialbus \
    -skip qtvirtualkeyboard \
    -skip qtwayland \
    -skip qtwebengine \
    -skip qtwebsockets \
    -skip qtwebview \
    -skip qtwebglplugin \
    -skip qtxmlpatterns \
    -no-use-gold-linker \
    -prefix $HOME/progs/qt5
make install


OVITO for macOS uses an installation of the original Qt 5.12.6 framework distributed by the Qt Company.

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