I recently cloned from https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin. I followed the documentation in doc/build-osx.md. I can build and run bitcoind without a problem. But I would have expected to see bitcoin-qt built, but I do not see it anywhere. Am I doing something wrong? What is the build target for bitcoin-qt or, more generally, how do I build it?

Thank you so much.

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You need to supply an extra option to compile a QT binary.

./configure --with-qt
make -j8

Your binary will then be in /src/qt/ as expected. To turn it into an .app you'll need to read contrib/macdeploy/readme.md and then run make deploy to wrap it in an application bundle ready for release.

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