Typically, only a subset of the kit preferences is relevant for a particular setup. Therefore, Qt Creator plugins register sets of relevant preferences that you can view and modify in Preferences > Kits. For example, if you use CMake to build all your projects, you can hide Qbs and qmake preferences by default.

Filtering Kit Preferences

To hide and show preferences in the Kits tab for the current kit, select Settings Filter.

To view and modify the preferences displayed when you add a new kit, select Default Settings Filter.

Kit Preferences

The following table summarizes the available kit preferences.

NameName of the kit. You can use variables to generate the kit name based on the values you set in the other fields.
Image to use as an icon for the kit.
File system nameName for the kit to use as a part of directory names. This value is used for the CurrentKit:FileSystemName variable, which determines the name of the shadow build directory, for example.
Run device typeType of the run device.

Double-click the icon next to the field to select the image that is displayed in the kit selector for this kit. You can use any image in a supported file format (for example, PNG). The image is scaled to the size 64x64 pixels. For example, using the compiler logo as an icon allows you to easily see, which compiler is used to build the project for the selected kit.

Run deviceThe device to run applications on.
Build deviceThe device to build applications on.
SysrootDirectory where the device image is located. If you are not cross-compiling, leave this field empty.
Emulator skinSkin to use for the Boot2Qt Emulator Device.
CompilerC or C++ compiler that you use to build the project. You can add compilers to the list if they are installed on the development PC, but were not detected automatically. For more information, see Add compilers.

This setting is used to tell the code model which compiler is used. If your project type and build tool support it, Qt Creator also tells the build tool to use this compiler for building the project.

Note: qmake ignores the value of this field and fetches the compiler information from Qt mkspec, which you can change.

EnvironmentSelect Change to modify environment variable values for build environments in the Edit Environment Changes dialog. For more information about how to add and remove variable values, see Edit environment settings.
Force UTF-8 MSVC compiler outputEither switches the language of MSVC to English or keeps the language setting and just forces UTF-8 output, depending on the MSVC compiler used.
DebuggerDebugger to debug the project on the target platform. Qt Creator automatically detects available debuggers and displays a suitable debugger in the field. You can add debuggers to the list. For more information, see Add debuggers.

For Android kits, the Android GDB server field will display the path to GDB server executable.

Qt versionQt version to use for building the project. You can add Qt versions that Qt Creator did not detect automatically. For more information, see Add Qt versions.

Qt Creator checks the directories listed in the PATH environment variable for the qmake executable. It refers to the qmake executable it finds as Qt in PATH and selects it as the Qt version to use for the Desktop kit that is created by default.

Qt mkspecName of the mkspec configuration that qmake uses. If you leave this field empty, it uses the default mkspec of the selected Qt version.
Additional Qbs profile settingsSelect Change to add settings to Qbs build profiles. For more information, see Edit Qbs profiles.
CMake ToolCMake executable to use for building the project. Select Manage to add installed CMake executables to the list. For more information, see Add CMake Tools.
CMake generatorSelect Change to edit the CMake Generator to use for producing project files. Only the generators with names beginning with the string CodeBlocks produce all the necessary data for the Qt Creator code model. Qt Creator displays a warning if you select a generator that is not supported. For more information, see Using Ninja as a CMake Generator.
CMake configurationSelect Change to edit the parameters of the CMake configuration for the kit.
Meson toolMeson tool to use for building the project. Select Manage to add installed Meson tools to the list. For more information, see Adding Meson Tools.
Ninja toolNinja tool to use for building the project with Meson. Select Manage to add installed Ninja tools to the list.

See also Activate kits for a project, Open projects, Add CMake Tools, Add compilers, Add debuggers, Add kits, Add Qt versions, and Edit Qbs profiles.

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