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How to add “graphics.h” C/C++ library to gcc compiler in Linux

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While trying c graphic programming on Ubuntu, I figured out that graphic.h is not a standard C library and it is not supported by gcc compiler. So I am writing this article to explain the process.
If you want to use graphics.h on Ubuntu platform you need to compile and install libgraph. It is the implementation of turbo c graphics API on Linux using SDL. 
You can download it from here libgraph
Step by Step Instructions: 

  • STEP 1: First install build-essential by typing 
sudo apt-get install build-essential
  • STEP 2: Install some additional packages by typing 
sudo apt-get install libsdl-image1.2 libsdl-image1.2-dev guile-2.0 \
guile-2.0-dev libsdl1.2debian libart-2.0-dev libaudiofile-dev \
libesd0-dev libdirectfb-dev libdirectfb-extra libfreetype6-dev \
libxext-dev x11proto-xext-dev libfreetype6 libaa1 libaa1-dev \
libslang2-dev libasound2 libasound2-dev
  • STEP 3: Now extract the downloaded libgraph-1.0.2.tar.gz file.
  • STEP 4: Goto extracted folder and run following command 
sudo make install
sudo cp /usr/local/lib/libgraph.* /usr/lib
  • Now you can use graphics.h lib using following lines: 
int gd = DETECT,gm; 
initgraph (& gd,& gm,NULL);

Example code: 


// C code to illustrate using
// graphics in linux environment
int main()
    int gd = DETECT, gm;
    initgraph(&gd, &gm, NULL);
    circle(50, 50, 30);
    return 0;




Reference: ask ubuntu 

Important Notes (Added by a user) : Files from the above-given link did not work for me. There are somethings wrong with them I downloaded files from 


Last Updated : 05 Aug, 2021
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