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What are the source and build directories for a plugin testing Qt Creator instance?

  • I am a university student who is new to Qt and Qt Creator. I recently got involved in a project that involves creating a Qt Creator plugin. It seems I'm stuck in getting the plugin project configured properly (it's just a "Hello World" plugin at this point).

    I'm following the steps of the Creating Your First Plugin tutorial. The tutorial recommends using two different instances of Qt Creator – one for developing the plugin, the other for testing it. To this end I've installed the open source version of Qt 5.9 in two locations on my Linux PC, namely $HOME/Qt5.9.1 and /opt/Qt5.9.1. Both locations have their own copy of Qt Creator in the Tools/QtCreator subdirectories. I'm using 64-bit Ubuntu 16.04.

    I'm stuck in the tutorial at Step 6: "Set the Qt Creator sources and Qt Creator build fields to the source and build directory of the Qt Creator instance you want to use to test your plugin with, respectively." Where can I find these source and build directories? Do I need to locate the source code for Qt Creator? How do I determine the build directory?

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    Hi and welcome to devnet,

    The source directory is the folder where you downloaded the Qt Creator sources. The build directory is the folder containing your build of Qt Creator.

  • Thank you for the welcome and clarification, SGaist!

    It wasn't immediately apparent to me that I actually needed the Qt Creator sources to create a plugin for the IDE. Fortunately I got some good advice from a project team member of mine on the steps of solving the problem. I downloaded the sources, compiled them and finally made a copy of the build directory. This way I got the two instances of Qt Creator needed for development and testing. All is as it should now.

  • Hi,

    I am in need to create QT plugin but I am using Qt 4.6.0 version. I am not able to find Source code for the same for linux 32 bit platform.
    The one which I have got is for 5.11 version.

    Please help me in this regard.
    If you can share the steps as to how to begin with it, it will be great.

    Thanks in advance.

  • @RDORG said in What are the source and build directories for a plugin testing Qt Creator instance?:

    I am not able to find Source code

    Did you mean Qt 4.6.0 setup ?

  • @Ratzz said in What are the source and build directories for a plugin testing Qt Creator instance?:


    Hi @Ratzz : Thanks for replying. Yes, I have QT 4.6.0 installed in my linux machine, 32bit version. And, I wanted to create a plugin for the same. Read many documents on google and got to know that i need to have source code for creating a plugin. But I am stuck here as to how to proceed as I am not getting it.


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  • Thanks @J-Hilk
    The link provided needs other configuration.

    My machine configuration is

    Red Hat Linux - 32 bit
    Qt creator 1.2.92, based on Qt 4.6.0 (32 bit)
    Make version: GNU Make 3.81
    Qmake version: 1.07a (Qt 3.3.6)

    Please let me know what are the pre-requisites for a plugin. I want to create a menu item for Qt creator.

    Thanks in advance.