My SDL2 project won’t compile on Ubuntu whatever I do, keeps giving undefined reference error


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for the past week I’ve been wanting to create a program using SDL2. However, whatever I do, I keep getting this error

usr/bin/g++ -fdiagnostics-color=always -g /home/myUsername/Documents/Coding/CPP/Pong/src/main.cpp -o /home/myUsername/Documents/Coding/CPP/Pong/src/main
/usr/bin/ld: /tmp/ccbnY9S2.o: in function `main':
/home/myUsername/Documents/Coding/CPP/Pong/src/main.cpp:6: undefined reference to `SDL_Init'
/usr/bin/ld: /home/myUsername/Documents/Coding/CPP/Pong/src/main.cpp:12: undefined reference to `SDL_CreateWindow'
/usr/bin/ld: /home/myUsername/Documents/Coding/CPP/Pong/src/main.cpp:24: undefined reference to `SDL_GetWindowSurface'
/usr/bin/ld: /home/myUsername/Documents/Coding/CPP/Pong/src/main.cpp:32: undefined reference to `SDL_UpdateWindowSurface'
/usr/bin/ld: /home/myUsername/Documents/Coding/CPP/Pong/src/main.cpp:34: undefined reference to `SDL_Delay'
collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status

I’m on Ubuntu, using VSCode with CMake and have been following this tutorial.
Here is the structure of my project :
Project Structure

Here is my main.cpp :

#include <SDL2/SDL.h>
#include <iostream>

int main()
    if(SDL_Init(SDL_INIT_VIDEO) < 0)
        std::cout << "Failed to initialize the SDL2 libraryn";
        return -1;

    SDL_Window *window = SDL_CreateWindow("SDL2 Window",
                                          680, 480,

        std::cout << "Failed to create windown";
        return -1;

    SDL_Surface *window_surface = SDL_GetWindowSurface(window);

        std::cout << "Failed to get the surface from the windown";
        return -1;



And here is my CMakeLists.txt :

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.7)

find_package(SDL2 REQUIRED)

add_executable(Pong src/main.cpp)
target_link_libraries(Pong ${SDL2_LIBRARIES})

Note that I did install CMake (and Ninja, because I got errors involving Ninja, that were solved by installing it), G++ and SDL2 (the libsdl2-dev package) using apt-get beforehand.

Could someone help me please ? Thank you in advance.


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