Building QCAD from Sources using the Visual Studio IDE

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Building QCAD from Sources using the Visual Studio IDE

Post by andrew » Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:27 am

Getting the Sources
Clone or download the latest QCAD Community Edition sources from github at:

Alternatively, you can download the sources of the latest official QCAD release from our web site at:
-> QCAD Source Code

Compiling QCAD using Microsoft Visual Studio in a Nutshell
- Install Qt 5.5.1, 5.6.0 or 5.7.0

- On a command line, switch to the QCAD directory and run:

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qmake -r -spec win32-msvc2012 -tp vc
Note that qmake is a utility that comes with Qt. The above step generates a so-called solution file (sln) which can later be loaded using Visual Studio. It also generates .vcproj files for the various modules of QCAD.

- Using the Visual Studio IDE, open and build the sln file that is created in the QCAD directory.

- The sln file for the Qt script bindings might have to be built separately when using Microsoft Visual Studio as a build tool:
- Load and build the sln file in
where "x.x.x" is your Qt version, e.g. "5.7.0".

Running QCAD

The above steps should give you a startable qcad.exe in qcad/src/debug or qcad/src/release.


Note that the recommended way to compile QCAD sources under Windows is using qmake and nmake (or jom) on a command line as described in detail on our web site at: ... om-sources

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