Quick MQTT Example

Quick MQTT demonstrates how to register QMqttClient as a QML type and use it in a Qt Quick application.

Qt MQTT does not provide a QML API in its current version. However, you can make the C++ classes of the module available to QML.

Creating a Client

We create a QmlMqttClient class with the QMqttClient class as a base class:

QmlMqttClient::QmlMqttClient(QObject *parent)
    : QMqttClient(parent)

We use the subscribe() function to create a subscription object:

QmlMqttSubscription* QmlMqttClient::subscribe(const QString &topic)
    auto sub = QMqttClient::subscribe(topic, 0);
    auto result = new QmlMqttSubscription(sub, this);
    return result;

We connect to QMqttSubscription::messageReceived( ) to receive all messages sent to the broker:

QmlMqttSubscription::QmlMqttSubscription(QMqttSubscription *s, QmlMqttClient *c)
    : sub(s)
    , client(c)
    connect(sub, &QMqttSubscription::messageReceived, this, &QmlMqttSubscription::handleMessage);
    m_topic = sub->topic();

We use an QMqttMessage object to store the payload of a received message:

void QmlMqttSubscription::handleMessage(const QMqttMessage &qmsg)
    emit messageReceived(qmsg.payload());

Registering Classes in QML

In the main.cpp file, we register the QmlMqttClient class as a QML type, MqttClient:

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
    QGuiApplication app(argc, argv);

    QQmlApplicationEngine engine;

    qmlRegisterType<QmlMqttClient>("MqttClient", 1, 0, "MqttClient");

In addition, we register the QmlMqttSubscription class as an uncreatable type:

    qmlRegisterUncreatableType<QmlMqttSubscription>("MqttClient", 1, 0, "MqttSubscription", QLatin1String("Subscriptions are read-only"));

We can now use the MqttClient type in the main.qml file to create an MQTT client:

    MqttClient {
        id: client
        hostname: hostnameField.text
        port: portField.text


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