Building and Running Embedded Applications

Building and Running an Example

After you have completed the installation and configuration steps for Qt for Device Creation and the target devices, you can test the setup by creating a simple Qt Quick application and running it on the device or on the emulator.

To create a Qt Quick application, follow the steps described in Creating Qt Quick Applications.

Note: When creating the project, you can use the default values defined in the wizard pages.

After the project wizard is closed, build and run the project:

  1. In Projects > Build & Run, select the appropriate kit for your connected device or emulator.
  2. To build and run the project, click .

The project will be built and deployed to your target device or emulator.

Building and Running Boot to Qt Demos

You can find the Boot to Qt demo applications in Qt Creator.

  1. Go to Welcome > Examples.
  2. Select a Boot2Qt Qt version from the drop-down list.
  3. Select a demo you want to build.
  4. In Projects > Build & Run, select the correct kit for your connected device or emulator.
  5. To build and run the project, click

Setting Up an Already Existing Project for Deployment

New Qt Quick application projects generated by Qt Creator always have the correct settings for deployment on the device or emulator. However, other projects need some changes. This includes projects created using the File > New File or Project > Applications > Qt Widget Application template.

As a general rule, application binaries and resources are deployed to the /data/user/qt/<APPLICATION_NAME> directory. Therefore, the path variable for the INSTALLS targets needs to be adjusted accordingly in .pro files.

Open the .pro file and define the target.path and INSTALLS variables as follows:

target.path = /data/user/qt/$$TARGET
INSTALLS   += target

Above, $$TARGET expands to the application target (executable) name.

Deploying Application Resources

If the application depends on additional resources (such as QML files and images), you need to deploy them as well. For example:

appFiles.files = \
image1.png \
image2.png \
appFiles.path = /data/user/qt/$$TARGET
INSTALLS += appFiles

Above, two PNG images from the application source directory, and the entire qml subdirectory are included in the deployment.

Note: From Qt Creator 4.2.0 onwards, wildcards are not supported.

Alternatively, the files used by the application can be stored into the application executable using the Qt resource system. This way, simply deploying the application binary is all that's required.

Using Qt Quick Controls

The Boot to Qt stack supports the full set of Qt modules, including Qt Quick Controls. However, a number of UI controls from that module are implemented in a way that's currently not supported:

These controls attempt to open a new top-level window, while in Boot to Qt, Qt Quick applications can only have a single fullscreen window existing at a time.

See the related entry in Troubleshooting.

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