Creating an HTTP network request in Qt

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Tested with
Devices(s): Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
Keywords: QNetworkAccessManager, QUrl, QNetworkReply, QNetworkRequest
Created: tepaa (04 Jun 2009)
Last edited: hamishwillee (02 Oct 2013)



This code snippet demonstrates how to use QNetworkAccessManager for sending an HTTP request.

Note: In order to use this code, you need to have Qt installed on your platform.


#include <QNetworkAccessManager>
#include <QUrl>
#include <QNetworkRequest>
#include <QNetworkReply>
QNetworkAccessManager* nam;


Create QNetworkAccessManager and start listening for its finished signal.

nam = new QNetworkAccessManager(this);
QObject::connect(nam, SIGNAL(finished(QNetworkReply*)),
this, SLOT(finishedSlot(QNetworkReply*)));

HTTP GET request:

QUrl url("http://www.forum.nokia.wiki");
QNetworkReply* reply = nam->get(QNetworkRequest(url));
// NOTE: Store QNetworkReply pointer (maybe into caller).
// When this HTTP request is finished you will receive this same
// QNetworkReply as response parameter.
// By the QNetworkReply pointer you can identify request and response.

When the QNetworkAccessManager::finished signal is received, the HTTP request is completed.

void MyHttpEngine::finishedSlot(QNetworkReply* reply)
// Reading attributes of the reply
// e.g. the HTTP status code
QVariant statusCodeV =
// Or the target URL if it was a redirect:
QVariant redirectionTargetUrl =
// see CS001432 on how to handle this
// no error received?
if (reply->error() == QNetworkReply::NoError)
// read data from QNetworkReply here
// Example 1: Creating QImage from the reply
QImageReader imageReader(reply);
QImage pic = imageReader.read();
// Example 2: Reading bytes form the reply
QByteArray bytes = reply->readAll(); // bytes
QString string(bytes); // string
// Some http error received
// handle errors here
// We receive ownership of the reply object
// and therefore need to handle deletion.
delete reply;

See also


An HTTP response is received.

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