Gernot Walzl


Qt is a cute framework for creating graphical user interfaces (GUIs).

Using the provided project template, getting started with Qt development is easy.



C++ build tools


Install build tools using apt:

sudo apt install build-essential

Download and install Visual Studio Build Tools.
The whole Visual Studio (IDE) is not needed. The build tools are sufficient.

Python & Conan


Install Python using apt:

sudo apt install python3 python3-pip

Install Conan using pip:

pip3 install conan

Download and install Python:

Install Conan using pip:

pip install conan

Qt Creator (IDE)


Install Qt Creator using apt:

sudo apt install qtcreator

Download and install Qt Creator:

You do not need to register during installation if you enter a proxy that does not work.

Building a Conan package of Qt

Download the package recipe for Qt to a folder named qt:

mkdir qt
curl -o qt/

Create the package by specifying the directory with the recipe:

conan create qt

Building Qt may take an hour.

Building the example / project template

Download the project template and extract it:

curl -o HelloQt-0.1.0.tar.gz
tar xvf HelloQt-0.1.0.tar.gz
cd HelloQt

Build the project:

mkdir build
cd build
conan install -g virtualrunenv ..
conan build ..

Executing the binary

The built executable is linked against shared libraries. Launching the executable,
requires these shared libraries to be found. By activating the virtual environment,
environment variables (e.g. PATH) are set so that the correct libraries are found.

If the environment has been activated, (conanrunenv) is shown at the command prompt.


Activate the environment and execute the binary:

cd build

Activate the environment and execute the binary:

cd build

Using Qt Creator for development

The environment (conanrunenv) enables Qt Creator to automatically detect
settings used for building and running the project.


Activate the environment and launch Qt Creator:

cd build

Activate the environment and launch Qt Creator:

cd build

Creating a portable zip of the executable

Export the package:

cd build
conan export-pkg ..

Because of the scm attribute in the package recipe,
the package can only be exported if the source code is part of a git repository.

Install the binary package in a folder called dist:

mkdir dist
cd dist
conan install HelloQt/0.1.0@_/_

By calling conan install, the deploy method of the package recipe
copies the executable and all required shared libraries.

Create a zip of the folder containing the binaries:

zip -r HelloQt
CONTENT.html source 2022-05-30 5.3 KB
HelloQt-0.1.0.tar.gz sha256 2020-12-16 2.2 KB source 2020-12-16 4.1 KB
from conans import ConanFile, tools
import shutil
class QtConan(ConanFile):
name = "qt"
version = "5.12.10"