mariaDB_client-1-0-0_win64 in Visual Studio 2012

Hello, I have installed MariaDB 5.6 , and its works perfectly. Thanks to all the MariaDB team. I also installed (by *.msi) mariaDB_client-1-0-0_win64 in c:\L\SQLClient\mariadb_client-1.0.0-win64\ + added paths as follow in project properties of the Visual Studio 2012 sheet:

INCLUDE DIRECTORIES = C:\L\SQLClient\mariadb_client-1.0.0-win64\mariadbclient\include;$(IncludePath)
LIBRARY DIRECTORIES = C:\L\SQLClient\mariadb_client-1.0.0-win64\lib;$(LibraryPath)

Compilation is OK, However, linking fails:

--- my minimal c++ program (c++ console under Visual Studio 2012 ---

 #include "stdafx.h"
 #include <mysql.h>
int _tmain(int argc, _TCHAR* argv[])
   // Declare the pointer to control structure MYSQL. 
   // No errors, so declarations include *.h files worked for Visual Studio intellisense
	MYSQL *my; 

   // Just initialize the structure -  
   // No errors in edit mode, but enough to create a link error
	my = mysql_init(NULL);

BUILDING PROJETS -> following error msg:

1>------ Build started: Project: cppconMariaDB02, Configuration: Debug Win32 ------
1>cppconMariaDB02.obj : error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol _mysql_init@4 referenced in function _wmain
1>c:\users\olivier\documents\visual studio 2012\Projects\cppconMariaDB02\Debug\cppconMariaDB02.exe : fatal error LNK1120: 1 unresolved externals
========== Build: 0 succeeded, 1 failed, 0 up-to-date, 0 skipped ==========

Every mysql function gets the same "unresolved external symbol" error, even though I believe I did specify the path to the directory containing the 3 files "libmariadb.dll, libmariadb.lib & mariadbclient.lib", which I even tried (for testing purposes only, and with no better results) to copy into windows/system32.

I have spent a lot of time on this issue, with no success. I did see that this question was asked several times on several programming sites, but it never gets any answer.

As additional info, here is my directory for the c mariadb_client client:

 Directory of c:\L\SQLClient\mariadb_client-1.0.0-win64

<DIR>          ..

I hope that the above information (and question) is clear and complete, but not over verbose, and that someone in your team will have a few seconds to answer my query, even though the answer may be trivial (at least for him). And once again, many thanks for a very nice product.

Sincerely yours Olivier, Paris, France

PS And hello to Michael 'Monty' Widenus, whom I met in Paris six months ago.

Answer Answered by Sergei Golubchik in this comment.

I suppose, you need to specify the library you want to link with, just setting a library path is not enough. See


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