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Get the file information in Qt

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Devices(s): Creator IDE V 4.5 and Emulator
Platform(s): S60 3rd Edition FP1, S60 3rd Edition FP2, S60 5th Edition
Keywords: QFileInfo
Created: mind_freak (10 Jun 2009)
Last edited: hamishwillee (11 Oct 2012)



This article shows how to use QFileInfo to get name and modification information about a file in the file system. QFileInfo objects are used to hold information about files and directories.

The method used in the case are given below :

  • fileName() : Returns the name of the file, excluding the path.
  • lastModified() :Returns the date and time when the file was last modified.
  • suffix() : Returns the suffix of the file.The suffix consists of all characters in the file after (but not including) the last '.'.


  • Download and install the Qt SDK.


  • Returns the canonical path including the file name, i.e. an absolute path without symbolic links or redundant "." or ".." elements.
str=Info->canonicalFilePath ();
  • Returns the complete base name of the file without the path.
QFileInfo fi("/tmp/archive.tar.gz");
QString base = fi.completeBaseName();  // base = "archive.tar"

Source File


#include <QtGui/QApplication>
#include "fileinfo.h"
int main(int argc, char *argv[])
QApplication a(argc, argv);
QWidget *win=new QWidget();
QDateTime time;
QFileInfo info("C://demos//launcher//install.txt");
QString str=info.fileName();
QString str1;
QString ext = info.suffix();
QLabel *lbl=new QLabel(str);
QLabel *lbl1=new QLabel(str1);
QLabel *lbl2=new QLabel(ext);
QVBoxLayout *lay=new QVBoxLayout();
lay->addWidget(lbl);// Name of file "Intall.txt"
lay->addWidget(lbl1);//Last Modified Date
lay->addWidget(lbl2);//File Extension
return a.exec();

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Author - User:Mind freak

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