Fix 'event2/event-config.h' File Not Found: A Step-By-Step Guide to Resolving the Error


This step-by-step guide aims to help developers resolve the `'event2/event-config.h' file not found` error encountered when working on various projects. The solutions provided here are applicable to different platforms and build environments.

## Table of Contents

1. [Understanding the Error](#understanding-the-error)
2. [Prerequisites](#prerequisites)
3. [Step 1: Install Libevent](#step-1-install-libevent)
4. [Step 2: Verify Libevent Installation](#step-2-verify-libevent-installation)
5. [Step 3: Update Your Build Environment](#step-3-update-your-build-environment)
6. [Step 4: Rebuild Your Project](#step-4-rebuild-your-project)
7. [FAQ](#faq)

## Understanding the Error

The `'event2/event-config.h' file not found` error occurs when your project depends on the [libevent]( library, but it is not installed, or its header files are not properly included in your build environment.

Libevent is an asynchronous event notification library used by developers to build high-performance network applications. It provides a mechanism to execute a callback function when a specific event occurs on a file descriptor or after a timeout has been reached.

## Prerequisites

Before proceeding, ensure you have the following installed:

- A C/C++ compiler, such as [GCC]( or [Clang](
- [CMake]( or another build system supported by your project
- [Git]( (optional, for downloading libevent source code)

## Step 1: Install Libevent

To resolve the `'event2/event-config.h' file not found` error, you need to install the libevent library on your system. You can either use a package manager to install the pre-built library or build it from the source code.

### Install Libevent Using a Package Manager

For **Linux** users, use your distribution's package manager, such as `apt` for Debian-based distributions or `yum` for Red Hat-based distributions:

# Debian-based (Ubuntu, etc.)
sudo apt-get install libevent-dev

# Red Hat-based (Fedora, CentOS, etc.)
sudo yum install libevent-devel

For macOS users, use Homebrew:

brew install libevent

Build Libevent from Source

If you prefer to build libevent from the source code, follow these steps:

Clone the libevent repository or download the latest release from the official GitHub page:

git clone

Change to the libevent directory and create a build directory:

cd libevent
mkdir build && cd build

Configure and build the library:

cmake ..

Install the library:

sudo make install

Step 2: Verify Libevent Installation

After installing libevent, verify that it has been installed correctly by checking for the presence of the event-config.h header file:

find /usr/local/include -name "event-config.h"

You should see output similar to this:


Step 3: Update Your Build Environment

Ensure your build environment includes the libevent header files by adding the appropriate include path (-I) flag to your compiler options.

For example, if you are using gcc or clang, add the following flag:


If you are using CMake, add the following lines to your CMakeLists.txt:

find_package(Libevent REQUIRED)

Step 4: Rebuild Your Project

Now that you've installed libevent and updated your build environment, rebuild your project. If you've followed the steps correctly, the 'event2/event-config.h' file not found error should be resolved.


1. Can I use a different version of Libevent?

Yes, you can use different versions of libevent, but be aware that using an older version may lack some features or have known issues. To use a specific version, download the corresponding source code from the libevent GitHub releases page and follow the Build Libevent from Source steps.

2. How do I uninstall Libevent?

To uninstall libevent, follow these steps:

If you installed libevent from the source code, go to the build directory and run:

sudo make uninstall

If you installed libevent using a package manager, use the appropriate uninstall command for your platform:

# Debian-based (Ubuntu, etc.)
sudo apt-get remove libevent-dev

# Red Hat-based (Fedora, CentOS, etc.)
sudo yum remove libevent-devel

# macOS (Homebrew)
brew uninstall libevent

To link your project to the libevent library, add the appropriate linker flag (-l) to your compiler options. For example, if you are using gcc or clang, add the following flag:

-l event

If you are using CMake, add these lines to your CMakeLists.txt:

find_package(Libevent REQUIRED)
target_link_libraries(your_project_target ${LIBEVENT_LIBRARIES})

4. What if I still get the 'event2/event-config.h' file not found error after following these steps?

If you still encounter the error, verify that the libevent header files are correctly installed and included in your build environment. Double-check the installation steps and make sure your compiler options or CMake configuration are correctly set.

5. Are there alternative libraries to Libevent?

Yes, there are alternative libraries to libevent, such as libev and libuv. Depending on your project requirements, you may choose to use one of these libraries instead of libevent.

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