Static Linking in GCC with VSCode not working, Giving Error: “undefined reference to glfwInit”


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I am using GCC compiler with VSCode on Windows 10 for C Programming. The code is an example code from the website of GLFW. I want to static link the GLFW library so I put it with the working directory and it doesn’t give a linking error, which means the linker has found the libglfw3.a file and object file is also created in temp file, but it gave this error: undefined reference to `glfwInit’

Here is the task.json file code:

    "tasks": [
            "type": "cppbuild",
            "label": "C/C++: gcc.exe build active file",
            "command": "C:/MinGW/bin/gcc.exe",
            "args": [
            "options": {
                "cwd": "C:/MinGW/bin"
            "problemMatcher": [
            "group": {
                "kind": "build",
                "isDefault": true
            "detail": "Task generated by Debugger."
    "version": "2.0.0"

Here is the c_cpp_properties.json file:

    "configurations": [
            "name": "Win32",
            "includePath": [
            "defines": [
            "windowsSdkVersion": "8.1",
            "compilerPath": "C:/MinGW/bin/gcc.exe",
            "cStandard": "c11",
            "cppStandard": "c++17",
            "intelliSenseMode": "windows-gcc-x86"
    "version": 4

Here is the C program:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <conio.h>
#include "GLFW/glfw3.h"

int main(void)
    GLFWwindow *window;

    /* Initialize the library */
    if (!glfwInit())
        return -1;

    /* Create a windowed mode window and its OpenGL context */
    window = glfwCreateWindow(640, 480, "Hello World", NULL, NULL);
    if (!window)
        return -1;

    /* Make the window's context current */

    /* Loop until the user closes the window */
    while (!glfwWindowShouldClose(window))
        /* Render here */

        /* Swap front and back buffers */

        /* Poll for and process events */

    return 0;

These are the errors:

Starting build...
C:/MinGW/bin/gcc.exe -fdiagnostics-color=always -g C:UsersRAKESHVSCodeProjectCLetUsCChapter-20Example-1.c -o C:UsersRAKESHVSCodeProjectCLetUsCChapter-20Example-1.exe
C:UsersRAKESHAppDataLocalTempccgvV8hh.o: In function `main':
C:/Users/RAKESH/VSCodeProject/C/LetUsC/Chapter-20/Example-1.c:10: undefined reference to `glfwInit'
C:/Users/RAKESH/VSCodeProject/C/LetUsC/Chapter-20/Example-1.c:14: undefined reference to `glfwCreateWindow'
C:/Users/RAKESH/VSCodeProject/C/LetUsC/Chapter-20/Example-1.c:17: undefined reference to `glfwTerminate'
C:/Users/RAKESH/VSCodeProject/C/LetUsC/Chapter-20/Example-1.c:22: undefined reference to `glfwMakeContextCurrent'
C:/Users/RAKESH/VSCodeProject/C/LetUsC/Chapter-20/Example-1.c:28: undefined reference to `_imp__glClear@4'
C:/Users/RAKESH/VSCodeProject/C/LetUsC/Chapter-20/Example-1.c:31: undefined reference to `glfwSwapBuffers'
C:/Users/RAKESH/VSCodeProject/C/LetUsC/Chapter-20/Example-1.c:34: undefined reference to `glfwPollEvents'
C:/Users/RAKESH/VSCodeProject/C/LetUsC/Chapter-20/Example-1.c:25: undefined reference to `glfwWindowShouldClose'
C:/Users/RAKESH/VSCodeProject/C/LetUsC/Chapter-20/Example-1.c:37: undefined reference to `glfwTerminate'
collect2.exe: error: ld returned 1 exit status

I have no experience with linking libraries in VSCode but this error is not about linking files but rather linker is not able to find the referenced function definition and I don’t know how can I solve. Anyone please help.


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