How to fix "fatal error: jsoncpp/json/json.h: No such file or directory"

Last updated on June 20, 2020 by Dan Nanni

Question: I am trying compile a C++ application, but I am getting the following error:
fatal error: jsoncpp/json/json.h: No such file or directory
How can I fix this problem?

The error indicates that you are missing JsonCpp development files (i.e., JsonCpp library and header files). JsonCpp is a C++ library for JSON-formatted data manipulation. Here is how to install JsonCpp development files on various Linux distros.

Install JsonCpp on Ubuntu, Debian or Linux Mint

$ sudo apt-get install libjsoncpp-dev

Install JsonCpp on Fedora or CentOS/RHEL 7 or Higher

$ sudo yum install jsoncpp-devel

On CentOS/RHEL 6 or lower, JsonCpp is not available as a pre-built package. So you can build and install JsonCpp from the source.

Install JsonCpp from the Source on Fedora, CentOS or RHEL

$ sudo yum install cmake
$ git clone
$ cd jsoncpp
$ mkdir -p build/debug
$ cd build/debug
$ cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=debug -DJSONCPP_LIB_BUILD_SHARED=OFF -G "Unix Makefiles" ../../
$ make
$ sudo make install

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