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XELK-AN-004: Getting Started With QT Creator

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Version Date XELK version Notes
1.0.0 March 2018 XELK 3.0.0 First release
1.0.0 August 2019 XELK 4.0.0 Updated XELK version


This application note details QT Creator setup and configuration in XELK MVM

Setting up Qt Creator to build for XELKEdit

  Note: The version of Qt Creator may differ from images below. The version provided from XELK 4.0.0 release is 4.5.2  

Qt Creator InstallationEdit

To install Qt Creator inside your toolchain launch a terminal emulator and run

dvdk@vagrant-ubuntu-trusty-64:~$ cd axel/
dvdk@vagrant-ubuntu-trusty-64:~/axel$ ./

An installation wizard will appear. Clik Next to proced with the installation.

Select Skip.

Select Next.

Select the install directory or click Next.

Select Next.

Click Next again.

And then click Install and complete the installation.

Then Finish to exit the setup wizard.

Manual configurationEdit

If you don't want to use the automatic setup or want to customize the configuration, in this section we details all the step required.


Go to Tools -> Options menu

Select Devices and click Add

Choose the Generic Linux device

Insert the IP address of your device, root as username and leave password empty (this is the default configuration of XELK root file systems). Make sure that the device is connected to the network and your virtual machine networking is correctly configured (see this article for more details).

Then click Next.

If everything went ok you should see a dialog like the image below.

And finally this is how the Devices window should look like.

GCC & Cross CompilationEdit

Next you need to configure the cross compilation tool inside Build & Run -> Compiler.

Click Add -> GCC and add the compiler path.


And click Apply.

Do the same for the C++ cross compilation tool.


Debugger GDBEdit

Now it is necessary to add a debugger. In order to do this go to the Debuggers tab and click Add

And then select the GDB debugger at the location


and click Apply.

Qt VersionEdit

Next you need to add the Qt Version installed on your device. Go to Qt Version click Add and select the following qmake file.



The last step is to add a new kit. Go to Kits and click Add and complete the information as shown below.

Pay attention that in Qt mkspec you need to write


After this your setup is complete and you can proceed and create your Qt applications.

Qt application exampleEdit

Now that the setup is finished, you can create your first application

Open a new terminal and source the environment variables with the command.

dvdk@vagrant-ubuntu-trusty-64:~$ source

In the same terminal type the following command (we assume you didn't change the default installation directory)

dvdk@vagrant-ubuntu-trusty-64:~$ ./qtcreator-4.5.2/bin/qtcreator

  It is important to repeat the previous two step every time you start QTCreator  

Now click on New Project

Select Application Qt Widgets Application and click Choose...

Now call the Project Test and press Next.

Select the XELK Kit and click Next.

Choose the class name for your application.

Click Finish to conclude the setup.

To add a clickable button to your application, select the Edit window and select Test -> Forms -> mainwindow.ui

Click on Push Button in the Buttons tab and drag it to the main window view. In order to edit the text displayed by the label, double click it and write "Hello World!".

After that, you need to insert the following two line inside the file

target.path = /tmp/Test # path on device
INSTALLS += target

Where /temp/Test is the path in which your application will be downloaded inside the device.

The last step before running the application inside the device is to configure Qt backend into application command line arguments: open the Project window and select the Run configuration, then type -platform eglfs into Arguments

After these changes you are ready to debug your application inside your board with the Run/Debug command