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User Interface Compiler (uic)

This page documents the User Interface Compiler for the Qt GUI toolkit. The uic reads a user interface definition (.ui) file in XML as generated by Qt Designer and creates corresponding C++ header or source files. It can also generate an image file to embed raw image data in C++ source code.


File Generation Options

Generate declaration:

uic  [options]  <file>

Generate implementation:

uic  [options] -impl <headerfile> <file>

Generate image collection:

uic  [options] -embed <project> <image1> <image2> <image3> ...

For convenience, uic can also generate declaration or implementation stubs for subclasses.

Generate subclass declaration:

uic  [options] -subdecl <classname> <headerfile> <file>

Generate subclass implementation:

uic  [options] -subimpl <classname> <headerfile> <file>

General Options


uic is almost always invoked by make (1), rather than by hand.

Here are useful makefile rules if you only use GNU make:

    %.h: %.ui
        uic $< -o $@

    %.cpp: %.ui
        uic -impl $*.h $< -o $@
If you want to write portably, you can use individual rules of the following form:
    NAME.h: NAME.ui
        uic $< -o $@

    NAME.cpp: NAME.ui
        uic -impl $*.h $< -o $@
You must also remember to add NAME.cpp to your SOURCES (substitute your favorite name) variable and NAME.o to your OBJECTS variable.

(While we prefer to name our C++ source files .cpp, the uic doesn't care, so you can use .C, .cc, .CC, .cxx or even .c++ if you prefer.)

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