Code to launching a program

  • I want to know how to make a pushbutton that when clicked will open a program or file(such as a text file or internet explorer). I do not need to read or write to it, just launch/open it.

  • Ok...First you need to create a SLOT and connect to QPushButton, this SLOT is called when a SIGNAL clicked() is emitted by QPushButton. A tip, "SIGNAL/SLOT": is key of Qt, I suggest you read more about this.

    And to open a file or program you can use "QProcess":

    In practice it would be something like this:


    QPushButton *button = new QPushButton("Button", this);
    connect(button, SIGNAL(clicked()), this, SLOT(openProgramFile()))


    So you create a SLOT....

    Add this in your Header file (.h):


    protected slot:

    void openProgramFile();


    Add this in your Source file (.cpp):


    void yourClass::openProgramFile(){

    QString programPath = "/path/to/program";
    QStringList arguments;
    arguments << "argument1" << "argument2";
    QProcess *myProcess = new QProcess(this&#41;;
    myProcess->start(programPath, arguments);



  • Place a QPushButton, use QObject::connect() to connect it to a method of your choosing, inside that method use QProcess to launch a different program. Quite easily done, actually!

    EDIT: I didn't notice that somebody else already wrote a much more detailed reply, hadn't refreshed the page after a little bit of waiting.

  • Thanks for the help!

    I also have tried the system(" file directory "); and that works to.

    I would like to have the program be hidden and close after certain time. QProsses be able to do this to?

  • Qt Champions 2017

    QProcess will help you to kill/terminate created process. You will not be able to hide it through QProcess

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