What is Qt Creator?

Qt Creator is a cross-platform integrated development environment that you can use to create apps or modify existing apps.

Qt Creator is included in your desktop installation of ArcGIS AppStudio to help you build apps. The items described below are included in Qt Creator for your convenience.

App editing

After you've created an app in AppStudio, you can choose to edit it in Qt Creator. In AppStudio, select your app and click the Edit button. This starts Qt Creator, with your app's primary QML file open.

Your app isn't limited to one QML file. Your app files are listed in the left sidebar of Qt Creator, allowing you to provide media or additional QML files for extra pages or controls.


The Help menu in Qt Creator includes the AppStudio Framework and AppStudio Framework Runtime help. Use the AppStudio Framework Runtime help to leverage Esri technology in your apps. The AppStudio Framework extends both ArcGIS Runtime and the Qt SDK to help you build cross-platform apps.

Shortcuts to AppStudio tools

When you're working in a .qml file in Qt Creator and want to preview your file, you can use the shortcuts in the **Tools ** > External > AppStudio menu.

This gives you options to open your file in any of the tools in AppStudio. This is especially helpful to preview your project or save changes to ArcGIS without switching between applications. These shortcuts can also be accessed from the keyboard.

The shortcuts are as follows:

  • To run your app, press Alt+Shift+R.
  • To open your app's settings, press Alt+Shift+S.
  • To open the Make tool, press Alt+Shift+M.
  • To open the Console tool, press Alt+Shift+C.

For more information on using Qt Creator, see the Qt Creator documentation.

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