JUCE 4.2.1 setup on apt based Linux, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, mint, elementary OS-Freya


Based on earlier postings for older Linux / Juce versions the following set-up procedure was successful for me:

Installation / version details:
JUCE 4.2.1 as of May 7, 2016 on Linux Ubuntu Studio 64-bit 16.04 LTS,
verified earlier with Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit, Ubuntu Studio 14.04 64-bit, elementary OS 0.3.2 (Freya) 64-bit, Mint 17.3 Cinnamon 64-bit
Note: for RedHat, RPM packaging based linux line, e.g. Fedora 23 see reply below

Might be, this update is useful for others too.


  1. Install Ubuntu 64-bit

  2. Install the following tools and libraries:

sudo apt-get -y install llvm sudo apt-get -y install clang sudo apt-get -y install libfreetype6-dev sudo apt-get -y install libx11-dev sudo apt-get -y install libxinerama-dev sudo apt-get -y install libxrandr-dev sudo apt-get -y install libxcursor-dev sudo apt-get -y install mesa-common-dev sudo apt-get -y install libasound2-dev sudo apt-get -y install freeglut3-dev sudo apt-get -y install libxcomposite-dev sudo apt-get -y install libcurl4-gnutls-dev
  1. Install VST SDK from https://www.steinberg.net/en/company/developers.html (requires developer registration - free)
    Create a folder SDKs directly in your home directory and copy the VST SDK, folder ‚VST3 SDK’ into it. (~/SDKs/VST3 SDK). This is one of the configuration rules for JUCE to facilitate cross platform configuration compatibility in Projucer.

  2. Download and install JUCE linux distribution from https://www.juce.com/get-juce
    (Personally I’ve extracted the zip archive directly in my home directory (~/JUCE )

Note (1) as of Apr 9, 2016: The executable Projucer from the distribution didn’t start – I had first to compile it JUCE/extras/Projucer/Builds/LinuxMakefile . Just open a terminal and type ‚make’ will do it and should run without errors if everything is installed as noted above.

redefine CC, CCXX on the shell to point to clang, clang++: export CC=/usr/bin/clang export CXX=/usr/bin/clang++

then ‚make’ as usual throughout the Builds/LinuxMakefile directories in extras and examples.

Note: If not all examples have already a LinuxMakefile target you have generate the LinuxMakefile target from a Windows or Mac Projucer and complie it than on Linux.

List of Juce dependencies under linux
How can I install JUCE in Linux Fedora?
Which compilers are supported on Linux?
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A follow-up in case you don’t want to use clang++, g++ v5 supports more of the compiler flags used by JUCE than g++v4 (but still not all - I was only able to compile all the examples wthout error using clang++ does):
apt-get install g++ installs by default version 4.8.4
If you prefer to have version 5 installed and activated, these are the steps to get gcc 5, g++ 5 installed and active (just apt-get install gcc-5, g+±5 wasn’t enough… ):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install gcc-5 g++-5 sudo update-alternatives sudo update-alternatives --remove-all gcc sudo update-alternatives --remove-all g++ sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/gcc gcc /usr/bin/gcc-5 20 sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/g++ g++ /usr/bin/g++-5 20 sudo update-alternatives --config gcc sudo update-alternatives --config g++


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Cool! I’ve added a link to this post in the Linux dependencies sticky post.


Equivalent dependency installation for JUCE 4.2.1 on the RedHat RPM package based linux line would be as shown below, verified on Fedora 23.

sudo dnf install -y llvm sudo dnf install -y clang sudo dnf install -y freetype-devel sudo dnf install -y libX11-devel sudo dnf install -y libXinerama-devel sudo dnf install -y libXrandr-devel sudo dnf install -y libXcursor-devel sudo dnf install -y mesa-libGL-devel sudo dnf install -y freeglut-devel sudo dnf install -y alsa-lib-devel sudo dnf install -y libXcomposite-devel sudo dnf install -y gnutls-devel sudo dnf install -y libcurl-devel

Before compiling point CC, CXX in your shell to clang:

export CC=/usr/bin/clang
export CXX=/usr/bin/clang++


For those of you who use that kind of stuff, I made a docker container with the proper packages installed for clang and JUCE dependencies. I’ll probably add some versioning in the future to be able to have a defined environment for a given tag.


It doesn’t contain any SDK though (nor JUCE), since it is hosted on a public hub.

Unable to build project on linux only

couldn’t install anything until I used the suggestion here: https://askubuntu.com/a/99538/699802

also installed (not exactly sure if these are all needed but i just installed things until projucer built successfully):

sudo apt-get -y install vflib3-dev
sudo apt-get -y install libwebkit2gtk-4.0-dev