QDoc Project Templates

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This page is part of the Qt Writing Guidelines.

QDoc configuration may be imported by using include(). The templates may be referenced using environment variables, relevant paths, or absolute paths.

Note This feature is only supported in Qt 5 that is not shadow-built.

Qt 5 Module Defaults

Projects that are part of Qt 5 as an Essential or Add-On can simply include the templates in Qt 5's qtbase/doc/global directory. These projects should receive the QT_INSTALL_DOCS variable from QMake. See Checklist for Adding Documentation for a New Module

There are several templates in Qt 5, but the basic one which all Qt 5 modules should include is qt-module-defaults.qdocconf: include($QT_INSTALL_DOCS/global/qt-module-defaults.qdocconf)

This template will include the necessary HTML templates, C++ macros, and other QDoc configurations. Note that this include should be at the top of the .qdocconf file.

Note Including this template also applies the Qt Project copyright notices which may not be appropriate for some projects.

Projects Outside of Qt 5

For projects outside of Qt 5, the includes can vary, depending on which configuration is desired. For a typical project, the following should suffice: include($QT_INSTALL_DOCS/global/macros.qdocconf) #macros for QDoc commands include($QT_INSTALL_DOCS/global/qt-cpp-defines.qdocconf) #needed by C++ projects include($QT_INSTALL_DOCS/global/compat.qdocconf) #compatibility macros include($QT_INSTALL_DOCS/global/fileextensions.qdocconf) #configuration common among QDoc projects include($QT_INSTALL_DOCS/global/qt-html-templates-offline.qdocconf) #offline HTML template for documentation shipped to Qt Creator

Customizing the HTML template

It is possible to customize the look-and-feel of the HTML template by including different templates.

  1. For projects that package documentation to Qt Assistant or Qt Creator:

include($QT_INSTALL_DOCS/global/qt-html-templates-offline.qdocconf) #offline HTML template for documentation shipped to Qt Creator

  1. For projects that wish to look like the documentation snapshots (doc-snapshot.qt.io)

include($QT_INSTALL_DOCS/global/qt-html-templates-online.qdocconf)

To further customize, the templates in 1 and 2 include several other HTML-related configurations.