Compilation guide for macOS systems

Chocobo1 edited this page Apr 27, 2018 · 24 revisions

Install Xcode

A full installation of is required to compile Qt.
Xcode can be installed from the App Store.

After installing Xcode you need to do below. See this discussion.

sudo xcode-select -switch /Applications/
(cd /Applications/; sudo ln -s xcodebuild xcrun)

Install Homebrew

Install tools and dependencies

brew install pkg-config autoconf automake libtool openssl boost

If you want to use libtorrent 1.1.*, you need to do:

brew link libtool

Install libtorrent-rasterbar

From brew

brew install libtorrent-rasterbar

From source

git clone
cd libtorrent

# use libtorrent 1.0.*
git checkout RC_1_0
# or libtorrent 1.1.*
git checkout RC_1_1


Edit the src/ file. Find the libtorrent_rasterbar_la_LIBADD = line and add @OPENSSL_LDFLAGS@ before @OPENSSL_LIBS@:

sed -i “” -e "s/^\(libtorrent_rasterbar_la_LIBADD\)\(.*\)\(@OPENSSL_LIBS@\)/\1\2@OPENSSL_LDFLAGS@ \3/" src/


./configure --disable-debug --disable-dependency-tracking --disable-silent-rules --enable-encryption --prefix=/usr/local --with-boost=/usr/local/opt/boost --with-openssl=/usr/local/opt/openssl CXXFLAGS=-std=c++11
make -j2  # where 2 is your number of cores
make install

Install Qt

From brew

brew install qt
brew link --force qt

From source

curl -L -O
tar -xvf qt-everywhere-opensource-src-5.7.1.tar.xz
cd qt-everywhere-opensource-src-5.7.1

Apply this patch:

curl | patch -p1
OPENSSL_LIBS='-L/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib -lssl -lcrypto' ./configure -prefix /usr/local/qt5.7.1 -I/usr/local/opt/openssl/include -no-rpath -opensource -confirm-license -release -openssl-linked -no-securetransport -make libs -make tools -nomake examples -nomake tests -skip qt3d -skip qtactiveqt -skip qtandroidextras -skip qtcanvas3d -skip qtdeclarative -skip qtdoc -skip qtgraphicaleffects -skip qtimageformats -skip qtlocation -skip qtmultimedia -skip qtquickcontrols -skip qtscript -skip qtsensors -skip qtserialport -skip qtwayland -skip qtwebchannel -skip qtwebsockets -skip qtwinextras -skip qtx11extras -skip qtxmlpatterns -skip qtwebview -skip qtwebengine -skip qtconnectivity -v
make -j2 && sudo make install

Download qBittorrent source

Clone from GitHub:

git clone

Compile qBittorrent

With Autotools

export QT_QMAKE=/usr/local/qt5.7.1/bin
make -j2
$QT_QMAKE/macdeployqt src/ -dmg

With CMake

mkdir build && cd build
OPENSSL_ROOT_DIR=/usr/local/opt/openssl Qt5_DIR=/usr/local/qt5.7.1/lib/cmake/Qt5 cmake -DDBUS=OFF ..
make -j2
/usr/local/qt5.7.1/bin/macdeployqt src/app/

Optionally install python for the search function

# use python3
brew install python3

# or python2
brew install python
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