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

Alfonso Chartier alfonso.chartier at gmail.com
Fri Feb 15 02:20:03 CET 2013

Thanks Tobias, that makes sense. You are indeed right: I am using
qmake-based projects, which explains why Qt must be in the kit.

I'm trying to make it as painless/lightweight as possible for other
developers to start using Qt Creator for their non-Qt projects. By the
sounds of it, Qt Creator requires either qmake or cmake to be on the
developer's PC in order to work. I'm thinking at this point that I might
just have developers copy qmake.exe onto their PCs rather than having them
download a 400 MB+ Qt library download. Is this a solution you
recommend/others have adopted for similar use cases?

On a related topic, if I do go down the route of just distributing the
qmake.exe, will the 32-bit version that comes with Qt 5.0.1 work on a
64-bit Windows PC for the purposes of Qt Creator picking it up as a Qt
version in a kit? I'm hoping so, as it'll ease distribution and I also
don't see any pre-built versions of Qt for 64-bit Windows.



On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 4:43 AM, Tobias Hunger <tobias.hunger at digia.com>wrote:

> Hi Alfonso!
> On 14.02.2013 01:38, Alfonso Chartier wrote:
> > 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.
> Which kind of project are you trying to configure? This sounds like you
> are going for one of the qmake-based projects. Those will not work
> without a Qt version set since they require qmake which comes as a part
> of Qt installation. Most project wizards will use qmake since it is
> pretty simple to use and how many Qt apps are build.
> "Non-Qt Project>* (CMake Build)" should work without Qt in a kit though.
> > My question is: is there a way I can configure a kit such that it
> > doesn't depend on Qt?
> It is, provided you do not use qmake as a build system.
> > 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.
> Thanks!
> Best Regards,
> Tobias
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