[Qt-creator] Configure Qt Creator for Windows Phone

Carlos aarkham2k3 at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 22 21:28:58 CET 2014

Hello Andrew

I've tried the beta http://download.qt-project.org/snapshots/qt/5.3/5.3.0-beta/2014-03-22_26/ with the animated tiles example and it works without any problem. Qt Creator detected the kits, SDKs, compilers...  I just opened the example, pressed run and it executed in the phone. Congratulations for a very good work!

Then I tried a Qt project I'm working on. It compiled without any problem but when it tries to run it I only get the following output in console:

winrtrunner --profile xap --device 0 --install --start --stop --wait 0 C:/DevelopmentProjects/MakeFiles/build-FillGame-Qt_5_3_0_for_Windows_Phone_8_arm_MSVC2012_32bit-Release/release/FillGame.exe
qt.winrtrunner: Using the Xap profile.
qt.winrtrunner: No mapping file exists. Only recognized files will be packaged.
qt.winrtrunner: Unable to install application. "?"
winrtrunner returned with exit code 3

How can I create a mapping file?

Also, I tried to put a couple of #ifdefs, but I could not make it work with #if defined (Q_WS_WINRT) nor with #if defined (Q_OS_WINRT), what macro should I use?

My project has some data files so I added to the .pro file:


font.source = ../../Data/Fonts/DroidSans.ttf
font.target = Fonts

episodes_data.source = ../../Data/FillGame/Episodes/Episode*.json
episodes_data.target = Episodes

episodes_bg.source = ../../Data/FillGame/Background/*.jpg
episodes_bg.target = Background

sounds.source = ../../Data/FillGame/Sounds/*.wav
sounds.target = Sounds

fggraphics.source = ../../Data/FillGame/FgGraphics/*.svg
fggraphics.target = FgGraphics

gfx.source = ../../Data/FillGame/Gfx/*.png
gfx.target = Gfx

target.path = ../../MakeFiles/FillGame
INSTALLS += target
INSTALLS +=  font episodes_data episodes_bg sounds fggraphics gfx


But I think it did not work, as I did not find the files copied in the output directory. Where can I found some documentation about installing files in the device?

Finally I added the files, zipped them and installed via xapdeploy and the program only starts and then crash without showing anything. I am new to Windows Phone development, do you know if it's possible to write a log to a file and examine it?



On Friday, March 21, 2014 2:15 PM, Carlos <aarkham2k3 at yahoo.com> wrote:
Thanks Andrew

I will try again with the next beta.


On Thursday, March 20, 2014 3:31 PM, Knight Andrew <Andrew.Knight at digia.com> wrote:

Carlos wrote:
> Hello
> I have tried to compile the animated tiles example for Windows Phone 8 with the beta downloaded from http://download.qt-project.org/snapshots/qt/5.3/5.3.0-beta/2014-03-19_21/
> The first problem has been the Kit, Qt Creator detected visual studio and added a kit for Windows Phone 8, but it was configured with the Device type as Desktop and I cannot change it.

Known issue (https://bugreports.qt-project.org/browse/QTBUG-37618). Fixes for this have already been submitted, so it will shouldn't be there in the official Beta.

> So, I added a kit manually and it started to work, but it could not find windeployqt or winrtrunner. I solved this adding the path to PATH, but I don't think this is the right solution.

Strange... this should
 have worked even with manual kits.

> Then the example compiled but it failed  in the linking phase. It could not find an object file (sorry, I do not remember the name) and I solved it adding a LIB environment variable.

Again, a bit strange. We haven't seen this problem. If you see it again, let us know.

> Now, the example compiles, but the a dialog box appears wit the title "Custom Executable" and asks for an executable. I didn't know what executable and parameters was asking for, finally I put windeployqt and it make it work.

This shouldn't happen if the WinRt plugin is enabled and/or you haven't set the kit's device type to "Windows Phone". As it's disabled by default, check that it is enabled (Help->About Plugins).

> Last, I had to zip all the files and rename them to
 .xap and deploy it with xapdeploy.exe and it works in the phone!!!

Great, but you shouldn't need to do this. The plugin (or winrtrunner, more precisely) will do this for you.

> How can I configure QT Creator to do automate all of this? I'd like not having to put environment variables that are for the phone but I have to change for the emulator, create the .xap file and deploy the program.

By getting the kit to use the Windows Phone device type, as described above.

Note that there is no debugging support or debug output yet for Windows Phone, unfortunately. So, while it's not hard to get something running, chances are you'll need to fire up Visual Studio to do anything serious with the Beta.

Thanks for the feedback and good luck going forward :)


> Thanks in advance
>   Carlos

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