How to use gSOAP with Qt for Web Service Client

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gSOAP is a portable development toolkit for C and C++ XML Web services and XML data bindings. It supports XML auto-serialization of C/C++ data. Includes WSDL/XSD schema binding tools, stub/skeleton compiler, Web server, SOAP/XML/MIME streaming, XML-RPC. Here is how to use it to build a web service client in Qt.


gSOAP package contains pre-built tools in the <code&gt;gsoap/bin&lt;/code&gt; directory.

  • <code&gt;wsdl2h&lt;/code&gt; schema importer
  • <code&gt;soap2cpp&lt;/code&gt; stub/skeleton generator.

You require <code&gt;.wsdl&lt;/code&gt; and <code&gt;.xsd&lt;/code&gt; files of the web service to generate a c++ stub.

Modify your project

  • First use <code&gt;wsdl2h&lt;/code&gt; on a .wsdl file to generate a .h file, then use <code&gt;soap2cpp&lt;/code&gt; on the generated .h file to generate .h and .cpp files to be included in your Qt project.
  • Before using <code&gt;wsdl2h&lt;/code&gt; you have to modify the <code&gt;typemap.dat&lt;/code&gt; file, this file is present in <code&gt;gsoap/ws&lt;/code&gt; directory. Add a line in this file defining the namespace of your web service. Give any name to <code&gt;namespace&lt;/code&gt; and copy string from your .wsdl file following the tag.

<definitions targetNamespace=http://something&gt;

Add this line to <code&gt;typemap.dat&lt;/code&gt; file:

Anything =”http://something”

  • Now run <code&gt;wsdl2h&lt;/code&gt; on .wsdl and .xsd files (from command prompt)

wsdl2h –s -t&lt;path of typemap.dat&gt; –o <name of generated .h file e.g chatpp.h&gt; <path and name of .wsdl file&gt;

(note .xsd file should be in same directory as .wsdl file)

  • Then use <code&gt;soapcpp2&lt;/code&gt; on generated .h file &#40;we assume that name of generated file is chatapp.h&amp;#41;

soapcpp2 –i chatpp.h

this will generate multiple files


and an xml file for each method in defined in .wsdl file.

  • now add


as headers in to your qt project and then add


as source

  • add include path of yor generated file in .pro file of your qt project or simply copy all of generated files to your project directory. Also add path of “libws2_32.a” in your .pro file I my case it is as under

LIBS += C:/NokiaQTSDK/mingw/lib/libws2_32.a

  • also add stdsoap2.h and stdsoap2.cpp from gsoap directory as header and source in your project.
  • now include chatapp.nsmap and chatappProxy.h in your main.cpp.
  • make an object of chatappProxy and use it to communicate with webservice.

above method worked for me while using gsoap with NokiaQtSDk on windows xp.