Completing Code

As you write code, Qt Creator suggests properties, IDs, and code snippets to complete the code. It provides a list of context-sensitive suggestions to the statement currently under your cursor. Press Tab or Enter to accept the selected suggestion and complete the code.

To open the list of suggestions at any time, press Ctrl+Space. If only one option is available, Qt Creator inserts it automatically.

When completion is invoked manually, Qt Creator completes the common prefix of the list of suggestions. This is especially useful for classes with several similarly named members. To disable this functionality, uncheck Autocomplete common prefix in the code completion preferences. Select Tools > Options > Text Editor > Completion.

By default, code completion does not consider case. To apply full or first-letter case-sensitivity, select Full or First Letter in the Case-sensitivity field.

Summary of Available Types

The following table lists available types for code completion and icon used for each.

A class
An enum
An enumerator (value of an enum)
A function
A private function
A protected function
A variable
A private variable
A protected variable
A signal
A slot
A private slot
A protected slot
A C++ keyword
A C++ code snippet
A QML type
A QML code snippet
A macro
A namespace

Completing Code Snippets

Code snippets can consist of multiple variables that you specify values for. Select an item in the list and press Tab or Enter to complete the code. Press Tab to move between the variables and specify values for them. When you specify a value for a variable, all instances of the variable within the snippet are renamed.

"Completing QML code"

Editing Code Snippets

Code snippets specify C++ or QML code constructs. You can add, modify, and remove snippets in the snippet editor. To open the editor, select Tools > Options > Text Editor > Snippets.

"Snippet options"

Qt Creator provides you with built-in snippets in the following categories:

  • Text snippets, which can contain any text string. For example, code comments
  • C++ code snippets, which specify C++ code constructs
  • QML code snippets, which specify QML code constructs
  • Nim code snippets, which specify Nim code constructs

Adding and Editing Snippets

Select a snippet in the list to edit it in the snippet editor. To add a new snippet, select Add. Specify a trigger and, if the trigger is already in use, an optional variant, which appear in the list of suggestions when you write code. Also specify a text string or C++ or QML code construct in the snippet editor, depending on the snippet category. You can use predefined variables in snippets.

The snippet editor provides you with:

  • Highlighting
  • Indentation
  • Parentheses matching
  • Basic code completion

Specify the variables for the snippets in the following format:


Specify Qt Creator variables in the following format:


For example, the following variable expands to the name of the current project: %{CurrentProject:Name}.

Use unique variable names within a snippet, because all instances of a variable are renamed when you specify a value for it.

To determine the case of values you enter in snippets, use the following modifiers:

  • :c converts the initial letter of the string to upper case
  • :l converts the string to lower case
  • :u converts the string to upper case

For example, add the following line to the class snippet to specify that the function name is converted to all lower case characters regardless of how you specify the value of the $name$ variable:

void $name:l$() {}

The snippet editor does not check the syntax of the snippets that you edit or add. However, when you use the snippets, the code editor marks any errors by underlining them in red.

To discard the changes you made to a built-in snippet, select Revert Built-in.

Removing Snippets

Several similar built-in snippets might be provided for different use cases. To make the list of suggestions shorter when you write code, remove the built-in snippets that you do not need. If you need them later, you can restore them.

To remove snippets, select a snippet in the list, and then select Remove. To restore the removed snippets, select Restore Removed Built-ins.

Resetting Snippets

To remove all added snippets and to restore all removed snippets, select Reset All.

Note: If you now select OK or Apply, you permanently lose all your own snippets.

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