Qt 5.10.1 try to compile a basic app for Android arm using cmake

  • Hello everybody !

    Well I'm near to begin crazy :

    I try to compile a hello world app using Qt 5.10.1, cmake for Android

    I installed all necessary things (sdk, ndk, ...) and I have no problem to compile and install a basic project using pro file on my smartphone

    With my CMakeLists.txt I'm not able to generate files to compile
    I have strange errors and when I think to solve them other bad things appear
    The same project compiles and runs fine using msvc !

    Well someone knows where I could download a working sample of a qt app using cmake for Android or have explanations to special things to do ?

    Here is the content of my cmakelist file

    cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 2.8.11)


    #Find includes in corresponding build directories
    #Instruct CMake to run moc automatically when needed.

    #Find the QtWidgets library


    qt5_wrap_ui(FORM_H ${FORMS})

    #Tell CMake to create the helloworld executable
    add_executable(helloworld ${SOURCES} ${FORM_H})

    #Use the Widgets module from Qt 5.
    target_link_libraries(helloworld Qt5::Widgets)

    I tryed to add following things

    set(CMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE "xxxxxxxxxxx/AppData/Local/Android/Sdk/ndk-bundle/build/cmake/android.toolchain.cmake")
    set(CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH "C:/Qt/opensource/5.10.x/5.10.1/5.10.1/android_armv7/bin")

    set(Qt5Widgets_DIR "C:/Qt/opensource/5.10.x/5.10.1/5.10.1/android_armv7/lib/cmake/Qt5Widgets")
    set(Qt5Gui_DIR "C:/Qt/opensource/5.10.x/5.10.1/5.10.1/android_armv7/lib/cmake/Qt5Gui")
    set(Qt5Core_DIR "C:/Qt/opensource/5.10.x/5.10.1/5.10.1/android_armv7/lib/cmake/Qt5Core")

    Thanks !

  • Well after some long hours I abandoned Qt Creator and I used Android Studio to use cmake and generate apk

    Build is now fine but I have a new question:

    My Qt app has a main and I understand that to launch my app with Android I need to generate a lib

    I do not find enough informations to convert or adapt my initial app

    #include "mainwindow.h"
    #include <QApplication>
    #include <QDebug>

    int main(int argc, char *argv[])
    QApplication a(argc, argv);

    qDebug() << "TEST";

    MainWindow w;

    return a.exec();


    With pro files from Qr Creator compiling to Android is really easy (nothing to do in source code)

    Well suggestions or ideas of what I should work to migrate my app to be usable with Android studio and cmake ?

    Thanks !

  • Lifetime Qt Champion


    I haven't done any test with it but it looks like this Qt-Android-CMake project might be what you are looking for.

    Hope it helps

  • Hello SGaist,

    Thanks for your suggestion
    I'll try it this week

    I'm also going to try to create a Qt lib and call a function from java code like it is showed in some example

    But I don't know if it will work using QMainWindow !

  • Hello SGaist,

    Well I tryed to use Qt-Android-CMake project to generate apk with qt libs using cmake

    There are things that did not worked quickly (for example I used ndk toolchain instead included toolchain)

    But after few hours of debug and tests I was able to genetate my first apk and installed it successfully on my smartphone !

    QtCreator and pro files are fine to generate apk too but finally lots of things are hidden and hard to solve when a problem occurs (I'm not able to generate apk with QtCreator and cmake)

    So, I'm really happy now !

    Thanks for the tip

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    You're welcome !

    Since you have it working now, please mark the thread as solved using the "Topic Tools" button so that other forum users may know a solution has been found :)

  • @Soda31 Hi! I'm following "Qt-Android-Cmake"steps copying your CMakeFile.txt for my basic QtCreator Android project. However, when compiling I get an error like this: "Android platform 'android-14' does not exist in SDK". How can I change the target platform?


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