Different webviews on different platforms? QWebEngine?



  • Hello,

    I have been working on a web browser in Qt that relies on QWebView to render the web pages. I have heard that Apple requires that you use their version of the web view on iOS devices. I am not sure if Google requires the same for Android. If I want to port my browser to iOS down the road, will I need to somehow insert the Apple webview?

    I have heard talk of QWebEngine, I believe its supposed to replace QWebKit. Will the QWebEngineView be similar to QWebView in terms of slots or signals, or will I have to start my browser again from scratch?

    Thank you!


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    Hi,

    Yes both Apple and Google require to use their web view. You can use "QtWebView":https://qt.gitorious.org/qt/qtwebview/source/ on these platform however it doesn't offer all the functionalities of QtWebKit but might be enough for your use case.


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    To clarify:

    • QWebView is a class that is part of the Qt WebKit module. It will be replaced by the QWebEngineView class.
    • Qt WebView is a module that provides native Android/iOS WebView.
    • Qt WebEngine is a desktop-only module, like Qt WebKit.

    [quote author="nicky j" date="1417734759"]Will the QWebEngineView be similar to QWebView in terms of slots or signals, or will I have to start my browser again from scratch?[/quote]The "porting guide":http://doc.qt.io/qt-5/qtwebenginewidgets-qtwebkitportingguide.html should answer your questions.


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