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Qt and Device Notifications

  • Can anyone share any pearls of wisdom, please, relating to registering for device notifications in Qt 5.11.1.

    Having taken some working MFC code and ported it across to Qt, I can't for the life of me get my device to trigger any notifications.

    My code is thus:

    static GUID	GUID_DFU = { 0x3fe809ab, 0xfb91, 0x4cb5, { 0xa6, 0x43, 0x69, 0x67, 0x0d, 0x52, 0x36, 0x6e } };
    void MainWindow::registerForDeviceNotifications()
    	HWND hWnd = (HWND)this->winId();
    	memset(&filter, 0, sizeof(DEV_BROADCAST_DEVICEINTERFACE));
    	filter.dbcc_size = sizeof(filter);
    	filter.dbcc_devicetype = DBT_DEVTYP_DEVICEINTERFACE;
    	// Register specifically for the DFU GUID device notifications
    	filter.dbcc_classguid = GUID_DFU;
    	// Register for the DFU device notifications
    	RegisterDeviceNotification(hWnd, &filter, DEVICE_NOTIFY_WINDOW_HANDLE);
    bool MainWindow::nativeEvent(const QByteArray &eventType, void *message, long *result)
    	_DEV_BROADCAST_HEADER* hdr = nullptr;
    	// Get the MSG stuct
    	MSG* msg = static_cast<MSG *>(message);
    	UINT type = msg->message;
    	WPARAM wParam = msg->wParam;
    	qDebug() << "type:" << type;
    	qDebug() << "wParam:" << wParam;
            // THIS NEVER HAPPENS
    	if (type == DBT_DEVICEARRIVAL) {
    		qDebug() << "APP: Device Arrival";
    		hdr = (_DEV_BROADCAST_HEADER *)msg->lParam;
    		if (hdr->dbcd_devicetype == DBT_DEVTYP_DEVICEINTERFACE) {
    	else if (type == DBT_DEVICEREMOVECOMPLETE) {
    		qDebug() << "APP: Device Remove Complete";
    	return false;

    The only thing I can seem to get to work is when I check wParam == WM_DEVICECHANGE but every other example I have seen using the nativeEvent do not confirm this.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Ok, I managed to resolve this...

    Turns out implementing a custom QAbstractNativeEventFilter and installing via the QApplication::installNativeEventFilter function does the trick!

    I haven't seen many examples of this around so I'll post back my complete working code incase it is useful to someone else.

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    Glad you found out and thanks for sharing !

    Rather than just posting your example here, would you consider adding it to the Qt documentation ? That would allow more people to easily find it.

  • @SGaist Yes, I would certainly consider that. How would one go about accomplishing such a task?

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    You can start by taking a look at the gerrit introduction and the related article linked at the top.

    I know it can look a bit scary but don't worry, it's a pretty thorough document to get you nicely started. Then you can clone the qtbase module and modify the QAbstractNativeEventFilter documentation. From a quick look, there are already code snippet for Linux and macOS that you can take inspiration from.

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