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Configure Qt kits using AppStudio Advanced Configuration Tool

12-20-2016 02:58 PM
Esri Contributor
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AppStudio for ArcGIS 1.3 ships with a new “Advanced Configuration Tool” that allows you to configure AppStudio components such as AppFramework, Runtime libraries, configurations for Local Make, Doc configurations with any external Qt Creator, so that you can run and debug AppStudio apps in Qt Creator.

Why do you need it?

This is a provision for developers who already have an existing licensed version of Qt, to enable them to work with AppStudio applications. However, you don’t need the Advanced Configuration to develop or build apps via cloud Make using AppStudio’s Qt Creator.

It is a highly recommended to use the Advanced Configuration if:

  1. You have an enterprise version of Qt other than the one which comes with AppStudio
  2. You want the ability to debug apps in QML Scene
  3. You want to perform local Make instead of cloud Make to generate binaries for your apps
  4. You want the complete AppFramework documentation in your Qt Creator (the Qt Creator which comes along with AppStudio is pre-configured)

Points to remember

  1. Every time you install a licensed version of Qt and reinstall AppStudio, you will want to use the Advanced Configuration Tool to configure with the Qt kits.
  2. You don’t need to use Advanced Configuration Tool if you don’t have a commercial license of Qt.
  3. If you are configuring on Windows, you want to be sure the Qt and AppStudio installer versions match (for e.g. 64-bit AppStudio with a 64-bit Qt).
  4. Qt can only be configured to produce apps for certain platforms, depending on your own operating system. iOS, for example, is not available for Windows systems. The Advanced Configuration Tool will only display platforms available for your operating system.
  5. You can always use the help icon located at the bottom left of the window to visit the web documentation page.


For more information on the advanced configuration tool, including a step-by-step guide,

see Configure with Qt kits in our documentation.