[英]Static and Dynamic/Shared Linking with MinGW

I want to start with a simple linking usage to explain my problem. Lets assume that there is a library z which could be compiled to shared library libz.dll(D:/libs/z/shared/libz.dll) or to static library libz.a (D:/libs/z/static/libz.a).

我想从一个简单的链接用法开始解释我的问题。让我们假设有一个库z可以编译为共享库libz.dll(D:/libs/z/shared/libz.dll)或静态库libz.a(D:/ libs / z / static / libz) 。一个)。

Let I want to link against it, then I do this:


gcc -o main.exe main.o -LD:/libs/z/static -lz

According to this documentation, gcc would search for libz.a, which is


archive files whose members are object files


I also can do the following:


gcc -o main.exe main.o -LD:/libs/z/shared -lz

It is not mentioned in the documentation above that -l flag will search for lib<name>.so.

上面的文档中没有提到-l标志将搜索lib .so。

What will happen if I libz.a and libz.dll will be in the same directory? How the library will be linked with a program? Why I need the flags -Wl,-Bstatic and -Wl,-Bdynamic if -l searches both for shared and static libraries?


Why some developers provide .a files with .dll files for the same modules, if I compile a shared library distribution?


For example, Qt provides .dll files in bin directory with .a files in lib directory. Is it the same library, but built like shared and static, respectively? Or .a files are some kind of dummy libraries which provide linking with shared libraries, where there are real library implementations?


Another example is OpenGL library on Windows. Why every compiler must provide the static OpenGL lib like libopengl32.a in MingW?


What are files with .dll.a and .la extensions used for?


P.S. There are a lot of questions here, but I think each one depends on the previous one and there is no need to split them into several questions.


1 个解决方案



Please, have a look at ld and WIN32 (cygwin/mingw). Especially, the direct linking to a dll section for more information on the behavior of -l flag on Windows ports of LD. Extract:

请看看ld和WIN32(cygwin / mingw)。特别是,直接链接到dll部分,以获取有关LD的Windows端口上-l标志行为的更多信息。提取:

For instance, when ld is called with the argument -lxxx it will attempt to find, in the first directory of its search path,


cygxxx.dll (*)

before moving on to the next directory in the search path.


(*) Actually, this is not cygxxx.dll but in fact is <prefix>xxx.dll, where <prefix> is set by the ld option -dll-search-prefix=<prefix>. In the case of cygwin, the standard gcc spec file includes -dll-search-prefix=cyg, so in effect we actually search for cygxxx.dll.

(*)实际上,这不是cygxxx.dll,但实际上是 xxx.dll,其中 由ld选项-dll-search-prefix = 设置。在cygwin的情况下,标准的gcc规范文件包括-dll-search-prefix = cyg,所以实际上我们实际上搜索cygxxx.dll。

NOTE: If you have ever built Boost with MinGW, you probably recall that the naming of Boost libraries exactly obeys the pattern described in the link above.


In the past there were issues in MinGW with direct linking to *.dll, so it was advised to create a static library lib*.a with exported symbols from *.dll and link against it instead. The link to this MinGW wiki page is now dead, so I assume that it should be fine to link directly against *.dll now. Furthermore, I did it myself several times with the latest MinGW-w64 distribution, and had no issues, yet.

在过去,MinGW中存在直接链接到* .dll的问题,因此建议使用* .dll中的导出符号创建一个静态库lib * .a,并将其链接到它。这个MinGW wiki页面的链接现在已经死了,所以我认为现在可以直接链接到* .dll。此外,我使用最新的MinGW-w64发行版自己做了几次,但没有任何问题。

You need link flags -Wl,-Bstatic and -Wl,-Bdynamic because sometimes you want to force static linking, for example, when the dynamic library with the same name is also present in a search path:


gcc object1.o object2.o -lMyLib2 -Wl,-Bstatic -lMyLib1 -Wl,-Bdynamic -o output

The above snippet guarantees that the default linking priority of -l flag is overridden for MyLib1, i.e. even if MyLib1.dll is present in the search path, LD will choose libMyLib1.a to link against. Notice that for MyLib2 LD will again prefer the dynamic version.


NOTE: If MyLib2 depends on MyLib1, then MyLib1 is dynamically linked too, regardless of -Wl,-Bstatic (i.e. it is ignored in this case). To prevent this you would have to link MyLib2 statically too.




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