The Qt Location module helps you create mapping solutions using data available from popular location service providers, such as Open Street Map.
The Qt Location API enables you to:
- Access and present map data.
- Support touch gesture on a specific area of the map.
- Query for a specific geographical location and route.
- Add additional layers on top, such as polylines and circles.
- Search for places and related images.
To use the types, add the following import statements to your
import QtPositioning import QtLocation
Note: Many Qt Location QML module APIs are using types from the Qt Positioning module. For example, defining a coordinate to be the center of the map requires types from the Qt Positioning module.
For C++ projects, include the header appropriate for the current use case; for example, applications using routes may use:
find_package() command to locate the needed module component in the
find_package(Qt6 REQUIRED COMPONENTS Location)
target_link_libraries(mytarget PRIVATE Qt6::Location)
For more details, see the Build with CMake overview.
To configure the module for building with qmake, add the module as a value of the
QT variable in the project's .pro file:
QT += location
The API is split into sub-modules, which provide QML and C++ interfaces for specific purposes. They focus mainly on Map and Place information. The required position data can be retrieved using the QtPositioning module.
The Places submodule is the natural complement to Positioning, providing a source of geographical data about Places of Interest (POI). Besides the source information, the API provides information about the location, size, and other related information about a POI. The Places API can also retrieve images, reviews, and other content related to a place.
The module provides the QML and C++ alternatives for maps and navigation. The C++ alternative provides utility classes to get geocoding (finding a geographic coordinate from a street address) and navigation (including driving and walking directions) information, whereas its QML counterpart provides UI components to render the information.
|Examples demonstrating use of the Qt Location APIs
|Maps and Navigation Tutorial
|Tutorial introducing the QML Maps Types
The following are lists of the classes and UI components provided by the module, with example applications to demonstrate their usage:
|QML API Reference
|Full list of QML components in the Qt Location API
|C++ API Reference by domain
|Full list of C++ classes and methods of the Qt Location APIs sorted by domain
|C++ API Reference
|Full list of C++ classes and methods of the Qt Location APIs
Information about plugins, important notes on their usage, parameters that can be provided to influence their behavior.
Provides an empty map intended to be used as background for an overlay layers for map items.
Uses Open Street Map and related services.
For systems integrators and distributors, information related to making Qt Location available for a new platform.
|Information about the Qt Location GeoServices plugins
|Information for places backend implementors
|Information about porting from Qt 5 to Qt 6
Qt Location is available under commercial licenses from The Qt Company. In addition, it is available under the GNU Lesser General Public License, version 3, or the GNU General Public License, version 2. See Qt Licensing for further details.
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