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To deploy Qt applications on a Raspberry Pi, you need to have cross-compiled your Qt dependencies. QtRpi is an open-source project that offers you:

  • All you need to cross-compile the Qt framework yourself (optional)
  • Precompiled Qt binaries for your Raspberry Pi
  • An easy-to-use environment to cross-compile your Qt Raspberry Pi application from your computer


  • A 64-bit Linux host computer
  • A SSH reachable RaspberryPi


Cross-compile Qt applications for your Raspberry Pi 3 - 1. Install QtRpi from scratch (Youtube video)

  • init-qtrpi-minimal: Configure your host computer to be able to cross-compile Qt 5.7.0 applications for your Raspberry Pi 3. Downloads ready-to-use Qt binaries for the Raspberry Pi and a minimal sysroot
  • deploy-qtrpi: Deploy the compiled Qt binaries on your Raspberry Pi

git clone https://github.com/neuronalmotion/qtrpi.git cd qtrpi export QTRPI_QT_VERSION='5.7.0' export QTRPI_TARGET_DEVICE='linux-rpi3-g++' export QTRPI_TARGET_HOST='pi@' ./init-qtrpi-minimal.sh ./deploy-qtrpi.sh --prepare-rpi

Usage in CLI

Cross-compile your project for a Raspberry Pi with the CLI: cd myproject /opt/qtrpi/bin/qmake-qtrpi make

Usage in QtCreator

Cross-compile Qt applications for your Raspberry Pi 3 - 2. Configure Qt Creator (Youtube video)

Supported version

Raspberry Pi: 1, 2 and 3

Qt: Qt 5.7.0, Qt 5.6.2 (LTS)

Qt Modules: Qt Base, Qt Declarative (Quick 2), Qt Quick Controls, Qt Quick Controls 2, Qt 3D, Qt Serial Port, Qt SVG

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