[Qtwebengine] What does the future look like for QtPDF?

Allan Jensen Allan.Jensen at qt.io
Tue Feb 16 14:29:35 CET 2021

On Sonntag, 7. Februar 2021 10:21:45 CET Jason C wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have some questions about future development plans for QtPDF.
> I managed to get it working on 5.15.2 with MSVC 2019 (32-bit); I had to
> compile it from git source but it was straightforward, just a few
> dependencies to set up.
> My question is: What's up with this module? It's pretty fantastic, and even
> having to compile it it's a lot less of a pain to set up than e.g. Poppler,
> but it's also super ... unofficial-feeling (it could just be because it's
> relatively new) -- the documentation at
> https://doc.qt.io/qt-5/qtpdf-module.html is very incomplete, the module
> wasn't available out-of-the-box, and it isn't available for every kit.
> More specifically:
> 1. Is it around to stay?
> 2. Is the API stable or should I expect changes?
> 3. Will there ever be support for MinGW? I don't normally work with MSVC
> and the compiler differences keep hurting my productivity a bit. Plus, it
> cuts off my Linux / Mac options.
It is a technical preview in Qt5. I think it is supposed to be official from 
6.2 or perhaps later.

We have no current plans to support MinGW, but using clang-cl works.

Best regards

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