How to Fix Libstdc++-6.dll Not Found Error Message?

Libstdc++-6.dll is associated with the GNU Compiler and provides essential functions for C++ programs compiled with the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC). In the event that this DLL file becomes corrupted, misplaced, or deleted, users may encounter an error message indicating that Libstdc++-6.dll was not found.

This article outlines several solutions that could help resolve this issue.

1. Reinstall the MinGW Packages

MinGW, short for Minimalist GNU for Windows, is a development environment that allows users to create applications compatible with the GCC. It provides a programming environment that does not rely on third-party C runtime DLL files to produce native Windows programs.

Libstdc++-6.dll can be found in the C:\MinGW bin directory; therefore, we can try restoring it by reinstalling MinGW packages.

  1. Open the MinGW Installation Manager.
  2. Select All Packages from the left.
  3. Here, right-click all the Installed Packages one by one and select Mark For Removal.
  4. Once done, click Installation from the top and Apply Changes. Then, click Apply to proceed.
  5. Wait for the procedure to be completed. Then, install the packages again and see if the error is resolved.

2. Add the Compiler’s bin Directory to the Environment Variable

By adding the compiler’s bin directory to the environment variable, you will notify Windows where to look for the DLL file when needed. This can resolve the issue if the error occurs due to the DLL file not being found.

Additionally, you can check the C:\MinGW\bin directory to see whether the Libstdc++-6.dll file is located in the directory or not. If it is located, it probably means the system is unable to find the DLL file when needed.

In such cases, adding the DLL file path to the environment variable can be very helpful, as it will tell Windows about the location of the DLL file that is not being found.

  1. Click the Start Menu and type View Advanced System Settings.
  2. Hit Enter to open the Settings.
  3. Click Environment Variables and select Path from the System Variables. Then, click Edit.
  4. Now click New and paste the MinGW bin directory path. This is where the Libstdc++-6.dll is located.
  5. Once done, click OK to save the settings.
  6. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
  7. Once done, you should not encounter a Libstdc++-6.dll not found error message.

3. Run a Full System Scan

Security breaches caused by malware can manipulate or damage DLL files, leading to disruptive error messages when trying to run applications. By running a full system scan, any malware that might have interfered with your system files, including Libstdc++-6.dll, will be detected and removed.

An antivirus scan ensures the integrity of your system files, potentially restoring functionality to your applications without the need for more complex solutions.

  1. Press the Win key and type Windows Security.
  2. Hit Enter to launch the Windows Security application.
  3. Select Virus & Threat Protection and click on Scan options.
  4. Choose Full Scan and then click Scan Now.
  5. After the scan is complete, attempt to run the program again to see if the error persists.

Reinstalling the MinGW packages will restore the Libstdc++-6.dll file to its directory, which should resolve the Libstdc++-6.dll not found error message. However, if the error is not resolved, adding the MinGW bin directory to the environment variable should resolve the error message.


Hamza Mohammad Anwar

Hamza Mohammad Anwar is an intermediate JavaScript web developer with a focus on developing high-performance applications using MERN technologies. His skill set includes expertise in ReactJS, MongoDB, Express NodeJS, and other related technologies. Hamza is also a Google IT Certified professional, which highlights his competence in IT support. As an avid problem-solver, he recreates errors on his computer to troubleshoot and find solutions to various technical issues.