Start an external program from Qt

  • Hello everybody,

    ich developped a vision app and now I want to start that app by pushing a button on an Qt gui.
    More precise the button is on the MainWindow.
    I found a lot of hints in the web but they are not working for me.

    QProcess * my process = new QProcess();
    myprocess-> start("absoulte path", QStreingList() << "Start");
    I also used startDetached , but that's also not working.
    Does anyboy have an example for me?

    Thanks a lot.

    Kindy regards,


  • Have you tried with the static call:


  • Yes, but nothing happens ...

  • @Timo_F Which platform and Qt version? Any error messages?One of the reasons I could imagine is privilege, if you are doing the task on windows, you need to change the privilege by manifest.

    Example of manifest :

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
    <assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" manifestVersion="1.0">
        <trustInfo xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v3">
                    <requestedExecutionLevel level="asInvoker" uiAccess="false"/>

    And call the mt.exe, you can save some trouble by adding following lines in .pro

    win32 {
        WINSDK_DIR = C:/Program Files (x86)/Windows Kits/10
        WIN_PWD = $$replace(PWD, /, \\)
        OUT_PWD_WIN = $$replace(OUT_PWD, /, \\)
        message("output : " + $$OUT_PWD_WIN)
        QMAKE_POST_LINK = "$$WINSDK_DIR/bin/x86/mt.exe -manifest $$quote($$WIN_PWD\\$$basename(TARGET).manifest) -outputresource:$$quote($$OUT_PWD_WIN\\${DESTDIR_TARGET};1)"

    Maybe the app compiled by mingw do not need to go through this kind of troubles

  • @tham
    there are no errors ... it's like death. I'm using Qt 5.8 on Windows10.
    Where is the manifest doc?

  • Qt Champions 2017

    @Timo_F said in Start an external program from Qt:

    there are no errors ... it's like death. I'm using Qt 5.8 on Windows10.

    So you did hook up
    and see what it says ?

  • Thank you all a lot. :-)
    Now it works ... shame on me, it was so simple. I copied and paste the path directly from the explorer and that was not working. Replacing the "" by "/" in the path was the solution !!

  • Qt Champions 2017

    Oh its a classic
    to use

    in any c/c++ it must be escaped
    or use / as Qt supports.

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