Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Classes
The classes below provide support for secure network communication using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, using a native TLS backend, the OpenSSL Toolkit, or any appropriate TLS plugin to perform encryption and protocol handling.
From Qt version 5.15 onward, the officially supported version for OpenSSL is 1.1.1 or later.
This class provides encryption for UDP sockets
This class implements server-side DTLS cookie generation and verification
This class defines parameters for DTLS cookie generator
This class represents Online Certificate Status Protocol response
Declares enums common to all SSL classes in Qt Network
Convenient API for an X509 certificate
API for accessing the extensions of an X509 certificate
Represents an SSL cryptographic cipher
Holds the configuration and state of an SSL connection
Interface for Diffie-Hellman parameters for servers
Represents an elliptic curve for use by elliptic-curve cipher algorithms
Interface for private and public keys
Authentication data for pre shared keys (PSK) ciphersuites
Implements an encrypted, secure TCP server over TLS
SSL encrypted socket for both clients and servers
Describes the level of an alert message
Enumerates possible codes that an alert message can have
Describes the current state of DTLS handshake
Enumerates classes that a TLS backend implements
Describes errors that can be found by QDtls and QDtlsClientVerifier
Describes the Online Certificate Status
Describes the reason for revocation
Enumerates possible features that a TLS backend supports
For Android applications see Adding OpenSSL Support for Android.
Enabling and Disabling SSL Support when Building Qt from Source
When building Qt from source, Qt builds plugins for native TLS libraries that are supported for the operating system you are building for. For Windows this means Schannel, while for macOS this is Secure Transport.
On all platforms, the configuration system checks for the presence of the
openssl/opensslv.h header provided by source or developer packages of OpenSSL. If found, it will enable and build the OpenSSL backend for Qt.
By default, an OpenSSL-enabled Qt library dynamically loads any installed OpenSSL library at run-time. However, it is possible to link against the library at compile-time by configuring Qt with the
When building a version of Qt linked against OpenSSL, Qt's build system will use CMake's
FindOpenSSL command to find OpenSSL in several standard locations. You can set the CMake variable OPENSSL_ROOT_DIR to force a specific location.
configure -openssl-linked -- -D OPENSSL_ROOT_DIR=<openssl_dir>
To disable SSL support in a Qt build, configure Qt with the
Considerations While Packaging Your Application
When you package your application, you may run a tool like windeployqt. This copies all the plugins for the libraries you use to the
plugins/ folder. However, for TLS you only need one backend, and you may delete the other plugins before packaging your application. For example, if you're on Windows and don't require any of the extra features the OpenSSL backend provides, you can choose to forego shipping the
qopensslbackend plugin as well as the OpenSSL library, and simply ship the
However, shipping multiple backends is not a problem. Qt will attempt to load the backends in order (with OpenSSL attempted first) until one is successfully loaded. The other backends are then unused.
Datagram Transport Layer Security
Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) is a protocol that enables security for datagram-based applications, providing them with protection against eavesdropping, tampering, or message forgery. The DTLS protocol is based on the stream-oriented Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol. QtNetwork enables the use of DTLS with User Datagram Protocol (UDP), as defined by RFC 6347.
Import and Export Restrictions
Qt binary installers include the OpenSSL libraries used by QtNetwork. However, those are not automatically deployed with applications that are built with Qt. Import and export restrictions apply for some types of software, and for some parts of the world. Developers wishing to use SSL communication in their deployed applications should either ensure that their users have the appropriate libraries installed, or they should consult a suitably qualified legal professional to ensure that applications using code from the OpenSSL project are correctly certified for import and export in relevant regions of the world.
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