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Defining a Qt plug-in interface

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Created: tepaa (20 May 2009)
Last edited: hamishwillee (11 Oct 2012)



Qt applications can be extended with Qt plug-ins, which means that some of the application functionality is implemented as common plug-in libraries loaded into the application memory at runtime. To be extendable, the application has to define a common plug-in interface (exampleplugininterface.h). Note that the application does not see the plug-ins directly but only methods and data that are defined into the interface. The detection and loading of plug-ins is handled using QPluginLoader.

This code snippet demonstrates how to define the lower-level Qt plug-in interface. Implementing the interface and using the plug-in are described in additional snippet articles.

Header (exampleplugininterface.h)

The plug-in interface for all "example plug-ins". The plug-in must implement the virtual sayHello() method and the virtual someSlot() slot.

#include <QObject>
#include <QString>
class ExamplePluginInterface : public QObject
virtual ~ExamplePluginInterface() {}
virtual QString sayHello() = 0;
public slots:
virtual void someSlot(QString value) = 0;
protected: // Common data for the plugins
QString data;
// This Qt macro associates the given Identifier
// ""
// to the interface class called ExamplePluginInterface.
// The Identifier must be unique.

See also


The Qt plug-in interface is defined.

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