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Saving custom structures and classes to QSettings

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Created: divanov (11 Oct 2010)
Last edited: hamishwillee (11 Oct 2012)


Custom types registered using qRegisterMetaType() and qRegisterMetaTypeStreamOperators() can be stored using QSettings.

Detailed description

In header file structure (or class) have to be declared and registered as metatype. A type can be registered as metatype as long as it provides a public default constructor, a public copy constructor and a public destructor.

struct CustomStructure
QString A;
QString B;

In application metatype must be registered during run-time


The latter requires stream operators to be defined for serialising content of the type.

QDataStream &operator<<(QDataStream &out, const CustomStructure &obj)
out << obj.A << obj.B;
return out;
QDataStream &operator>>(QDataStream &in, CustomStructure &obj)
in >> obj.A >> obj.B;
return in;

Now it's possible to save CustomStructure into QSettings

QVariant var = settings.value("custom");
if (var.isValid()) {
CustomStructure contact = var.value<CustomStructure>();
qDebug() << contact.A << contact.B;
} else {
CustomStructure contact = {"10", "20"};
settings.setValue("custom", qVariantFromValue(contact));
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