First Deployment on Android and iOS

April 6, 2016 — 8 Comments

Edited 2016-06-05: Now with Qt 5.7 RC the Gallery is included and enhanced.

Edited 2016-04-28: Unfortunately Qt 5.7 Beta doesn’t include the Gallery because of some renaming-trouble. To test a first deployment running Qt 5.7 Beta please follow this article: qt-5.7-beta

Now it’s time to check if your installation and settings are well done. Easiest way to do this is to deploy an existing example to Android and iOS.

Qt Quick Controls 2 Gallery Example

Open Qt Creator, then goto Welcome –> Examples and search for labs.controls: (Qt 5.6) or search for Gallery 2 from Qt 5.7


In 5.6 where qt.labs.controls are only a TechPreview there’s only one Example: Gallery

Build and Run Configuration

Click on Gallery selects ‘Project’ on the left side and opens two windows: Project Build and Help:


Click on Add Kit to add your Kits:


I always only test on real devices, so I’m using these two Kits: Android for arm and iPhone.


Hover with your mouse over the top-right corner of a Kit and you can Remove it.

Each Kit has Build and Run Tabs where you can configure the build. Qt Creator should have done most of the work automatically – so for running the Example it should work out of the box.

Here’s the Android Build:


check the APK Build, where you can select the SDK. Also there’s the checkbox to use Gradle and how Qt libraries are bundled:


Compile, Deploy and Run on Android

Now connect your Android Phone via USB.

At left-bottom side please select the correct Kit to be used: Android – Debug:


Now we can (Build and) Run the APP:


Qt Creator asks you which Device to use. We already have connected the Android Device: STV100-4 is the BlackBerry PRIV:


Select the Device and Qt Creator will compile and build. Open the Compile Output to see what happens:


As next the APP was deployed to the Device and started. You can verify the Console output from ‘Application Output’.


Compile, Deploy and Run on iOS

Now we want to do the same for iOS.

Connect your iPhone via USB and again select the right Kit:


This time there’s no extra Dialog to select the Device – it’s on top of Kit Selection. iPhone and Debug are selected – so we can Run again.

Project compiles, deploys and runs the APP on iPhone.




Go through this Gallery Example to see most of UI and Navigation Controls in Action.

From Settings you can switch between Material, Universal and  Default.

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8 responses to First Deployment on Android and iOS


    Where can I download your bin apk of above app to test on my Android? I don`t want to install dev tools to compile.


      all my sample apps can be built easy from the github projects – have no bins (APK)
      yes, this requires to install Qt 5.7
      without two exceptions 🙂
      search for Qt Con 2016 Conference App and Qt World Summit Conference App – these apps are available at Google Play and Apple App Store and Amazon App Store.


        Thanks for reply, but now I don`t have desktop to make any compilations.
        I saw your QtConference app from market. I would interest to see code theme dark-light switching. Is there in code samples on github` sources?


        I found theme switcher in your code.
        if(isDarkTheme == 1) {
        Material.theme = Material.Dark
        } else {
        Material.theme = Material.Light
        Is it such simple? 🙂


    yes – it’s that simple. you can even mix both themes. Setting at the root (ApplicationWindow) it will work for the complete app – setting per ex. only one Page to another theme then this Page and all Controls inside will use another theme.
    Themes and Colors can easy be switched – the style (Material / Universal) needs restart of app


      How to been designed a QML pages or other layouts? Text editable of QML-notation or some visual designer as QtDesigner. How to preview designed controls on their positions except running application at debug?


        OK. I found Qt Quick Designer.


        I’m never using a designer. developing business apps == data-driven UI. you need data to see if UI is working as expected. Also doing as most as possible dynamically using Components, Loader, … – cannot be tested in a UI designer tool.
        To start and test you can use the Designer – I never did.

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