CMake Commands in Qt6 Protobuf

You should call the following CMake commands to use the Qt6::Protobuf module in your project:

find_package(Qt6 REQUIRED COMPONENTS Protobuf)

target_link_libraries(mytarget PRIVATE Qt6::Protobuf)

You can use qt-add-protobuf CMake macros. The macros implicitly calls Protobuf code generation for qt-project.

The macros usage example:

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.16...3.22)

find_package(Qt6 REQUIRED COMPONENTS Protobuf)


qt_add_executable(MyApp main.cpp)

target_link_libraries(MyApp PRIVATE MyMessages)

In the example above we generate a library called MyMessages which contains the message types defined in the paths passed to the PROTO_FILES option. We use the GENERATE_PACKAGE_SUBFOLDERS option to generate a folder structure for the generated files. And the PROTO_INCLUDES option tells protoc to look for dependencies/imports in the specified directories.

We then create a target for an executable called MyApp which we link to the MyMessages library.

See also CMake Command Reference.


Generates Qt-based C++ source code using a protobuf schema

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