Reference Target Devices and Development Hosts
Qt for Device Creation supports a variety of hardware target devices. Qt is already ported on a rich set of operating systems (with and without POSIX) and various hardware, as listed in Target Devices for Qt for Device Creation. For more detailed information about the devices and target operating systems, see Reference Target Devices and Operating Systems.
Depending on your hardware, you can utilize the ready-made system images, buy the images as a service, or do the images yourself. For more information, see Accessing Qt for Device Creation Deliveries.
The following table lists target devices that are known to work well with Qt for Device Creation. The devices are listed under vendors and grouped by model names.
Additionally, there may also be other devices running on Qt that are not listed here. Porting Qt is often done by our partners and community members, and information about all ports has not necessarily reached this documentation.
A ready-made system image is available for some of the listed devices. The images can be accessed via Qt online installer, Qt Account Downloads, or Qt Professional Services. For more information, see Accessing Qt for Device Creation Deliveries.
|BeagleBone||BeagleBone Black||TI AM335x||PowerVR SGX530|
|Boundary Devices||Boundary Devices i.MX6 Boards||NXP i.MX6||Vivante GC2000|
|Boundary Devices Nitrogen7||NXP i.MX7||N/A|
|Boundary Devices Nitrogen8M||NXP i.MX8M Quad||Vivante GC7000Lite|
|Boundary Devices Nitrogen8M Mini||NXP i.MX 8M Mini||Vivante GCNanoUltra|
|Garz & Fricke||Garz & Fricke||NXP i.MX6||Vivante GC2000|
|Hilscher||NETX 4000||Hilscher netX 4000||N/A|
|Intel||Intel NUC||Atom, Celeron, i3, i5, i7||Intel Graphics|
|Intrisyc||SA8155P Automotive Development Platform||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8155P||Qualcomm Adreno|
|S820Am v2 Automotive Development Platform||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820||Qualcomm Adreno|
|Kontron||Kontron SMARC-sAMX6i||NXP i.MX6||Vivante GC2000|
|NVIDIA||NVIDIA DRIVE CX||NVIDIA Tegra X1||NVIDIA Maxwell|
|NVIDIA Drive PX 2||NVIDIA Tegra X2||NVIDIA Pascal|
|NVIDIA Driver PX Xavier||NVIDIA Drive Xavier||NVIDIA Volta|
|NVIDIA Jetson TX1||NVIDIA Tegra X1||NVIDIA Maxwell|
|NVIDIA Jetson TX2||NVIDIA Tegra X2||NVIDIA Pascal|
|NXP||NXP i.MX8M Mini||NXP i.MX8M Mini||Vivante GC Nano Ultra|
|NXP i.MX8QuadMax||NXP i.MX8QuadMax||Vivante GC7000|
|NXP SABRE Board for Smart Devices||NXP i.MX6||Vivante GC2000|
|NXP Warp 7||NXP i.MX7||N/A|
|Qualcomm||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820D||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820||Qualcomm Adreno|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 8155P||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8155P||Qualcomm Adreno|
|Raspberry||Raspberry Pi 4 B||Broadcom BCM2711||VideoCore 6|
|Raspberry Pi 3 B+||Broadcom BCM283B||VideoCore 4|
|Raspberry Pi 3 B||Broadcom BCM283x||VideoCore 4|
|Raspberry Pi 2 Model B||Broadcom BCM283x||VideoCore 4|
|Raspberry Pi Model B||Broadcom BCM283x||VideoCore 4|
|Renesas||Renesas E2||Renesas R-Car E2||PowerVR SGX540|
|Renesas E3||Renesas R-Car E3||PowerVR GE8300|
|Renesas D3||Renesas R-Car D3||PowerVR Series8XE GE8300|
|Renesas H3 Salvator-X||Renesas R-Car H3||PowerVR Series6XT GX6650|
|Renesas M3 Salvator XS||Renesas R-Car M3||PowerVR Series6XT GX6250|
|TechNexion||PICO-IMX8M-MINI||NXP i.MX8M Mini Solo, NXP i.MX8M Mini Dual, NXP i.MX8M Mini Quad||Vivante GC Nano Ultra|
|PICO-IMX8M||NXP i.MX8M QuadLite, NXP i.MX8M Quad||Vivante GC7000Lite|
|PICO-IMX7||NXP i.MX7 Solo, NXP i.MX7 Dual||N/A|
|PICO-IMX6||NXP i.MX6 Solo, NXP i.MX6 DualLite, NXP i.MX6 Quad||Vivante GC2000|
|Texas Instruments||Sitara AM335x Starter Kit||TI AM335x||PowerVR SGX530|
|Toradex||Apalis iMX6||NXP i.MX6||Vivante GC2000|
|Colibri iMX6ULL||NXP i.MX6ULL||N/A|
|Toradex Apalis iMX8||NXP i.MX8||Vivante GC7000|
|Toradex Colibri iMX8X||NXP i.MX8X||Vivante GC7000Lite|
|Toradex Colibri iMX6||NXP i.MX6||Vivante GC2000|
|Toradex Colibri VF50||NXP Vybrid||N/A|
|Toradex Colibri VF61||NXP Vybrid||N/A|
With a commercial Qt for Device Creation license customer has an access to the Qt for Device Creation deliveries with at least one of the following ways:
- Qt online installer that can be downloaded via Qt Account Downloads
- Qt Board Support Packages (QBSP) are available via Qt Account Downloads
- Through Qt Professional Services
Additional QBSP packages may also be available through the corresponding vendor pages. For more information about QBSP, see QBSP Overview.
The following reference target devices are used in Qt's release test automation:
|Reference target device||Installation guide|
|NXP i.MX8QuadMax||Embedded Linux guide|
|Toradex Apalis iMX6||Embedded Linux guide|
|Toradex Colibri iMX6ULL||Embedded Linux guide|
The target operating system in Qt for Device Creation is embedded Linux based on Yocto 3.1 (Dunfell).
In Qt 6.0, there is limited support for reference target devices and operating systems when compared to Qt 5.15. Wider support for other target operating systems, for example embedded variants of Android and Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS), will be added in upcoming Qt 6 releases.
If you need Qt on some other operating system that is not yet supported by Qt, it is very probable that you can use Qt if the operating system provides the following features:
- POSIX API
- C++-17 compliant compiler
- Graphics API (in case your target device requires a UI). For more information about Graphics API support in Qt, see Graphics.
The development hosts for Qt for Device Creation are:
- Ubuntu Linux 64-bit (20.04 LTS or later)
- Windows 10 64-bit
As development host, support for macOS 10.15 (or later) with a limited functionality has been provided for some customers by Qt Professional Services. For more information, contact us.
Qt for Design Studio fully supports macOS, along with Windows and Linux.
Qt sources are available from the Qt online installer or directly from the Git version control. If you want to use embedded linux, you can use Boot to Qt software stack to build image for your target device, or use can use the new meta-qt6 layer that we have created and released for Qt 6. The meta-qt6 layer allows you to build Qt 6 using the Yocto build environment.
If you need help with building or using the image, you can contact Qt Professional Services.
The level of available technical support for target devices depends on your Qt license and your device. If you have a Qt for Device Creation license, Qt technical support can help with the questions related to the reference devices under the standard support services. If you need help with other than reference devices, you need to separately buy support for your device.
See Qt Support for information about the technical support.
See License Agreements and Service Terms for the latest version of the Qt license agreements and the support terms and conditions for the Qt account.
Qt Professional Services provides support for porting Qt to different target devices. For example, your project may have minimal Qt and QPA (Qt Platform Adaptation layer) source code delivery. On the other end of spectrum, your project can be mature turnkey solution that contains custom applications and maintenance.
Qt can be used in embedded devices in such a variate of ways that estimating the performance and hardware requirements of Qt can be difficult without thorough testing. The application use case, display resolution, and use of 3D graphics affect how much performance is required in the target device. On lower level, a QML based Qt application and full operating system can be run in approximately 10 MB of RAM. On the high end, the default Boot to Qt software stack enables almost all of the Qt features and modules and therefore requires more performant hardware. A good starting point would be a target device with 256MB of RAM, 1GHz CPU, and a GPU with OpenGL ES 2.0 or Vulkan support.
Release dates and support end-of-life dates for each Qt version are listed in Supported Platforms and Configurations.
Available under certain Qt licenses.
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