I tried to compile the Hello World program in C, inside Eclipse PTP, but it gives me an error related to mpi.h.

I have included /usr/local/include and /usr/local/lib in my paths, and also tried running a search with find / -name mpi.h. I still get a No such file or directory error.

I tried to install mpich2, but still couldn't find mpi.h.


  • There is no folder inside the include directory, why is that?
  • I can find mpicc at /usr/bin/mpicc

The same problem occurs when trying to compile the project as C++ code. What should I do?

  • What OS? You probably don't have something like the mpi-devel or such package installed that includes the headers. – thrig Oct 21 '15 at 14:42
  • centos 6.7 i use eclipse PTP ( parallel Tool Plateform ) – Dalia Shouman Oct 21 '15 at 14:43

This Stack Overflow question answers yours.

According to yum, the mpi.h header file is provided by the following packages:

$ yum whatprovides '*/mpi.h'

I've removed most of the output, as well as the i686 versions. Pick the package according to what (variant) you're trying to work with. :)

Note that most of these packages create a subdirectory in /usr/include when installed. For instance, the mpi.h file provided by openmpi-devel is available at /usr/include/openmpi-x86_64/mpi.h, meaning you'd have to either include openmpi-x86_64/mpi.h in your source code, or add the /usr/include/openmpi-x86_64 directory to your include paths.

Also: some of these packages (such as mvapich-devel) don't even use /usr/include at all, and put their headers under /usr/lib64/{package}/include/.

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