Android: Debugger can not start application

  • Following my "previous post ":, I am trying to run the debugger with Qt Creator but unfortunately Qt Creator tells me that it could not start the application.

    In Qt Creator's settings, I have the following kit:

    Android for armeabi-v7a( GCC 4.8, Qt 5.3.1 ) with debugger android for android gcc (arm-4.8)

    Anyone else facing this issue ?

    Thanks :)

  • Hi,
    Are you trying to debug on a real device or a simulator ?
    On a real device, you have to activate the debug mode (see in parameters)

  • Hi,

    I am trying to debug on a real device. Debug mode is activated since I can run the app through Qt Creator, just not in Debug.

  • Yes! I'm facing the same problem.

    I can run applications on my Android device just fine, but when I try to debug on my Nexus 7 (1st gen), I get this:

    D/libEGL (15578): loaded /system/lib/egl/
    D/OpenGLRenderer(15578): Enabling debug mode 0
    D/Qt (15578): fontdatabases/basic/qbasicfontdatabase.cpp:239 (static QStringList QBasicFontDatabase::addTTFile(const QByteArray&, const QByteArray&, QSupportedWritingSystems*)): FT_New_Face failed with index 0 : 90

    "" died.
    Debugging starts
    Unable to start ''.Debugging has failed
    Debugging has finished

  • Are you using the r10 NDK? There is a bug in gdb in that version:

    *edit: this might be a different problem. I'm seeing a similar problem now. Will update if I find a solution.
    **edit: my problem was unrelated: turns out there was a bug in the 5.4 branch

  • Ray Donnelly's gdb binaries are now available on

  • I am having the same issue, using Qt 5.3.2. It used to work, but I don't know if it was working after I upgraded from Qt 5.3.1 to Qt 5.3.2, or when I upgraded from Android NDK r9d to Android NDK r10c. I tried downgrading to Android NDK r9d, but I still cannot run the app. I also made sure that my project debugger settings had both C++ and QML enabled because of this page:

    Android Debugging does not work out-of-the-box for C++-only projects
    QTCREATORBUG-13006: Workaround: Select combined C++ and QML debugging in the project’s Run settings, even if the project does not use QML at all.

    But still have no luck. All I see is:

    Debugging starts
    Unable to start "".

    *edit: I am also on a real device.
    **edit: I got the same thing with the simulator.

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