Qt Creator 5 Released
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Friday, 03 September 2021

Qt has announced the release of Qt Creator 5, with improvements including experimental support for Clangd as the backend for the C/C++ code model, and some support for building and running applications in Docker containers.

Qt is a cross-platform application and UI software development framework that lets you create native apps for desktop, embedded or mobile platforms. Qt started life as a widget library written in C+ with bindings to other languages including Python, Rust, Go, Java and JavaScript. Qt's advantages are its wide set of user interface and data visualization modules.

Qt Creator is a cross-platform integrated development environment (IDE) that runs on Windows, Linux and Mac.


This is the first major version update for a couple of years, following Qt's switch to a semantic versioning scheme. In a statement about the new release, Qt's Eike Ziller said:

"Don't expect a completely rewritten IDE though - we are still following the incremental development style, and the next feature release of Qt Creator will be 6.0 towards the end of the year."

The new experimental support for Clangd as the backend for the C/C++ code model is optional, and replaces the libclang based code model. The change is intended to increase Qt's support for the Language Server Protocol.

The second experimental feature is the Docker support. This is described as "very experimental" and currently only works on Linux hosts with CMake as the build system.

The new release has improved handling of CMake projects, and the developers have improved Creator's behavior when loading larger projects. Qbs has been updated to the latest version.

Other improvements include new support for MSVC ARM toolchains, proper handling on Android 12, and a better experience when running Intel-builds of Qt Creator on M1 Macs.

Qt Creator is available now.



More Information

Qt Download Page

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