Qt Creator

Qt Creator

Qt Creator is a cross-platform (Windows, Linux, Mac) IDE that is part of the Qt SDK.

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What is Qt Creator?

Qt Creator is a cross-platform (Windows, Linux, Mac) IDE that is part of the Qt SDK and is aimed at simplifying the development of cross-platform GUI applications. It is mostly used with C++ (especially with embedded devices that require UI front), but also with JavaScript and QML.

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What is Qt Creator

Qt Creator tools

There are tools in Qt Creator for various purposes such as coding (source code editor), testing, deploying, designing (forms designer, Integrated GUI layout), monitoring the app (visual debugging), and Profiling tools.

History of Qt Creator

Started out in 2009 with the release of Qt Creator, version 1.0, and the Qt designer integrated as part of the Qt creator was approximately launched in 2011.

How does it work?

Qt creator’s goal is to simplify the development of cross-platform GUI applications that are using the Qt SDK. This IDE is suited for developers looking to create applications for embedded, desktop, and mobile devices (especially portable devices). It includes a doc browser and the “designer” (a visual editor). There’s also an onboarding wizard. It provides features for completing code snippets (integrated code editor), refactoring code, and viewing outline. It also includes a visual debugger, a code analysis tool, and a rich marketplace that extends Qt Creator’s offering.


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Qt Creator marketplace / extensions

The Qt Creator marketplace has various extensions such as CMake integration, Jenkins plugin, and Incredibuild.

How to download Qt Creator?

Qt Creator Advantages

  • One interface
  • Cross-platform
  • Simple
  • Easy to use (drag and drop designer)
  • A free and open source versions are available

Is Qt Creator free?

There is an open-source license which is free and a commercial license. The commercial license (Qt creator and Qt SDK) starts at $459/month.

Qt creator and Incredibuild

Qt Creator compilations can be time-consuming, especially for a large codebase. Incredibuild has a native integration to Qt creator to accelerate Qt Creator C++ compilation times in addition to providing the Incredibuild Build Monitor, for visualizing your compilation progress and provide productivity features.

Ankit Asthana, senior program manager in Microsoft’s Visual C++ talked about Incredibuild’s ability to accelerate the Qt SDK build: “If you build Qt in Visual Studio it takes about 15 minutes and 42 seconds. Building Qt with IncrediBuild is already a vast improvement to 4 minutes and 40 seconds”.

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Bottom line

A very popular, cross-platform IDE for C++.

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