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Last Updated on September 3, 2020

Compiling YACReader on the RPI4

First, you should update your system in the usual way.

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt upgrade

Next, install some packages (if they are not already present on your RPI4) to meet the various dependencies.

$ sudo apt install libpoppler-qt5-dev libunarr1 libunarr-dev libqt5multimedia5 libqt5multimedia5-plugins qtmultimedia5-dev

Next, grab the YACReader source code from the project’s GitHub code repository:

$ git clone

We can then compile the software:

$ cd yacreader
$ qmake
$ make -j4

When compiling software, don’t forget the RPI4 has 4 cores. If you compile the software with the “make” command with no flag, you’ll only use 1 core. On my non-overclocked RPI4, compilation with -j4 flag lets you use all 4 cores, reducing the compile time to 7 minutes 15 seconds.

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – YACReader, MComix, and QComicBook
Page 2 – Compiling YACReader

Read all my blog posts about the RPI4.

Raspberry Pi 4 Blog
Week 36Manage your personal collections on the RPI4
Week 35Survey of terminal emulators
Week 34Search the desktop with the latest version of Recoll
Week 33Personal Information Managers on the RPI4
Week 32Keep a diary with the RPI4
Week 31Process complex mathematical functions, plot 2D and 3D graphs with calculators
Week 30Internet radio on this tiny computer. A detailed survey of open source software
Week 29Professionally manage your photo collection with digiKam
Week 28Typeset beautifully with LyX
Week 27Software that teaches young people how to learn basic computing skills and beyond
Week 26Firefox revisited - Raspbian now offers a real alternative to Chromium
Week 25Turn the Raspberry Pi 4 into a low power writing machine
Week 24Keep the kids learning and having fun
Week 23Lots of choices to view images
Week 22Listening to podcasts on the RPI4
Week 21File management on the RPI4
Week 20Open Broadcaster Software (OBS Studio) on the RPI4
Week 19Keep up-to-date with these news aggregators
Week 18Web Browsers Again: Firefox
Week 17Retro gaming on the RPI4
Week 16Screen capturing with the RPI4
Week 15Emulate the Amiga, ZX Spectrum, and the Atari ST on the RPI4
Week 14Choose the right model of the RPI4 for your desktop needs
Week 13Using the RPI4 as a screencaster
Week 12Have fun reading comics on the RPI4 with YACReader, MComix, and more
Week 11Turn the RPI4 into a complete home theater
Week 10Watching locally stored video with VLC, OMXPlayer, and others
Week 9PDF viewing on the RPI4
Week 8Access the RPI4 remotely running GUI apps
Week 7e-book tools are put under the microscope
Week 6The office suite is the archetypal business software. LibreOffice is tested
Week 5Managing your email box with the RPI4
Week 4Web surfing on the RPI4 looking at Chromium, Vivaldi, Firefox, and Midori
Week 3Video streaming with Chromium & omxplayerGUI as well as streamlink
Week 2A survey of open source music players on the RPI4 including Tauon Music Box
Week 1An introduction to the world of the RPI4 looking at musikcube and PiPackages

This blog is written on the RPI4.

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4 years ago

Luke, I’ve been enjoying these tutorials, but i hit a snag with this one. When I used the “qmake” command it returned an error:
qmake: could not find a Qt installation of ”
I can’t get past that. Any ideas?

4 years ago

I had the same issue. Any thoughts? Thank You!!

3 years ago

YACReader dev here. Thank you for the glowing review. The main reason there are no Raspbian packages is that there are no official downstream Debian packages.
We have some semi-official[*] .deb packages though, which include Raspbian builds. You can find them at:

For the Raspbian packages you need to choose Debian and then follow the instructions to add the Raspbian repo.

[*] Semi-official means that we use these to test building and packaging on different distros but do not actively test execution. They are also updated on a as-needed base, so if a newer distro is missing or there are other troubles you need to ping us on the YACReader forums