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Toradex Colibri iMX6 and iMX7 Guide

This instruction is valid for Toradex Colibri iMX6 and Toradex Colibri iMX7.

To successfully set up the Boot to Qt software stack, you must closely follow the instructions in this section and perform all the described tasks.

In case of problems, see Troubleshooting.

Note: After you have installed the Boot to Qt software stack and want to connect to the target device with SSH or a serial cable, you can access the device by using the user root and an empty password.

1. Requirements for Development Host

Before you install the Boot to Qt software stack, you should install the required software on the development host:

2. Installing Boot to Qt Software Stack

You can install the Boot to Qt software stack via the online installer. On Linux, see General Installation Issues for Linux.

Download the online installer and follow the instructions in the installation wizard. The Select components page in the wizard lists all the components that are available for your Qt account.

Select the Boot to Qt software stack for Toradex Colibri iMX6 and Toradex Colibri iMX7 with the following steps:

  1. Select Qt > Qt for Device Creation.
  2. Select the Boot to Qt software stack version.
  3. If you want to install Boot to Qt software stack for Toradex Colibri iMX6, select Toradex Colibri iMX6.
  4. If you want to install Boot to Qt software stack for Toradex Colibri iMX7, select Toradex Colibri iMX7.
  5. Select Next.

To finish the installation, follow the instructions in the installation wizard.

Installation Content

The Boot to Qt software stack provides a system image (<target-device> Linux System) and a toolchain (<target-device> Linux Toolchain) for each target device. The system image contains the Boot to Qt software stack and needs to be flashed to the SD card or directly to the target device (see 3. Installing Boot to Qt on Target Device). building and developing applications for the target devices.

Note: Building the Boot to Qt system image and toolchain are not supported on Windows. Thus the sources of the Boot to Qt software stack are available only via the Linux online installer.

General Installation Issues for Linux

On Linux, remember to allow the execution of the installer binary. You can do this by using one of the following methods:

  • On the command line enter the chmod +x <filename> command.
  • Right-click the file, and select Properties > Permissions > Allow executing file as program.

Note: Do not execute the installer as a root user or with sudo.

Installation Directory

The installer will let you select a directory where the Boot to Qt software stack will be installed. In this documentation, the installation directory is referred to as <INSTALL_DIR>. The default installation directories are:

  • ~/Qt on Linux
  • C:\Qt on Windows

3. Installing Boot to Qt on Target Device

Before you can test your Qt applications on the target device, you must flash the target device with an image containing the Boot to Qt software stack.

Use Flashing Wizard to flash the image to your Toradex Colibri device:

  • Connect your SD card reader to the development host. Make sure that the SD card size is at least 2 GB.
  • Launch Qt Creator.
  • Select Tools > Flash Boot to Qt Device, and follow the instructions in Flashing Wizard.

In order to boot from the external SD card, U-Boot needs to be updated.

Booting from External SD Card

Connect a serial cable to the device and enter into the U-Boot environment by pressing any key before the autoboot.

Enter following commands into U-Boot:

run setupdate
run update

Reset or power cycle the device to start the new U-Boot. To reset the U-Boot environment to new default values, enter the following commands in the U-Boot command line:

env default -a
saveenv

New U-Boot commands are now stored into the device.

For more information about the boot process on the Toradex Colibri devices, see Toradex Linux Booting.

4. Configuring a Device Kit in Qt Creator

After you have prepared the target device, you must set up the development tools in Qt Creator for your device. That is, you must configure your target device to be used for each build and run kit.

Connect your device to the development host via USB and launch Qt Creator. In Qt Creator:

  1. Select Tools > Options > Build & Run > Kits.
  2. Select one of the predefined kits starting with Boot to Qt... that matches the type of your device.
  3. Select the correct device in the Device field.
  4. Select OK.

You are now ready to start developing with Qt for your device. For detailed information about how to deploy Qt projects to the device, see Tutorial: Deploying Your First Project with Boot to Qt.

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