This very short post, we will give you a simple and quick method of fixing this error on your Ubuntu and Debian based systems.
OpenCL (Open Computing Language) is an open royalty-free standard for general purpose parallel programming across CPUs, GPUs and other processors, giving software developers portable and efficient access to the power of these heterogeneous processing platforms.
In some cases, you may come across a tool that requires the OpenCL library to run. If the OpenCL library is missing, you may get the
/usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lOpenCL error when compiling the tool.
What causes this error?
As mentioned, this error occurs when the libraries such as OpenCL which are needed to successfully compile and use the program are not found.
In this case, the linker tells you that it cannot find the OpenCL library on your system.
To fix this error, start by installing the OpenCL library on your system.
Update the system package list:
sudo apt-get update
Install the library:
sudo apt-get install ocl-icd-opencl-dev intel-opencl-icd
NOTE: The OpenCL drivers and libraries may vary depending on your system hardware. If you face any errors when installing the OpenCL library on your system, leave us a message below.
If you are still facing the error above after installing the OpenCL library, you can fix it by creating a soft link to the OpenCL library. This will allow the linkers to find the OpenCL library:
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libOpenCL.so.1 /usr/lib/libOpenCL.so
Instead of creating a soft link to the file, you can tell the linker where to find the library by setting the
-L flag during compilation
<compile_command> -L/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu -lOpenCL
This short tutorial provides three main ways of attempting to solve the
/usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lOpenCL error when compiling a program in Linux.