Sebastian A Sebastian A - 6 months ago 97
C++ Question

Error: Could not resolve SDK path for 'macosx10.8'

So I just installed qt around 5 minutes ago, and when I wanted to code a simple line of text in the Push Button and try to run it, I got this error:

:-1: error: Could not resolve SDK path for 'macosx10.8'

Could anyone help? Also, if you need me to do something, could you explain like I'm five please. (Not actually like I"m five but I hope you know what i mean)


The problem is that the online installer for Qt currently supports OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) by default, and I'm guessing you are on 10.9 (Mavericks) or greater.

There is a workaround:

  • Navigate to where you installed Qt (default /Users/your username/Qt) using finder
  • Go to the subdirectory 5.3/clang_64/mkspecs directory
  • Open the file called qdevice.pri with a text editor
  • Change the line !host_build:QMAKE_MAC_SDK = macosx10.8 to:
    • !host_build:QMAKE_MAC_SDK = macosx10.9 if you are on OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), or
    • !host_build:QMAKE_MAC_SDK = macosx if you are on OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
  • Save the file and restart Qt Creator