[Qt-creator] Unable to configure plain C++ project in Qt Creator without Qt installed

Frédéric Marchal frederic.marchal at wowtechnology.com
Thu Feb 14 13:06:11 CET 2013

On Thursday 14 February 2013, Alfonso Chartier wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm currently experimenting with using Qt Creator as the IDE for
> development of some of our legacy non-Qt code. I have been able to
> customize the build process so that qmake is not used and the correct
> compiler is invoked, which is great.
> I'm now at the point where I'd like to get other developers on board. I
> want to avoid having developers install Qt, as it is a dependency they will
> not be using for our legacy code. I tried uninstalling all versions of Qt
> on PC, however it now does not let me configure the project because it
> complains that a valid kit could not be found. The kit I have defined is
> perfectly valid except that "None" shows up for the Qt version, as
> expected.
> My question is: is there a way I can configure a kit such that it doesn't
> depend on Qt? If this is currently not possible, is this something that
> could be implemented in a future version of Qt Creator? I love Qt Creator
> and it's a fantastic IDE, I just think removing the Qt dependency would
> make it an IDE that is much easier to adopt for non-Qt-based development.

I did that yesterday. I installed Qt Creator on a brand new computer without 
installing Qt.

I had to install MinGW (mingw-get install mingw32-gcc-bin mingw32-make-bin) 
and configure that compiler in the "Build & Run" tab.

Then I created a kit with no Qt versions.

I had to create a Makefile to build the project but it works just fine.

I don't have a step by step procedure as I had to poke around before it 
started working. If you need more information, let me know and I'll look them 
up the next time the computer is powered up.


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