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Live preview of your qml modifications. It works with nested qml components !

Check the online version qmlonline (Now as an official KDE project) !


Downloads 📦

Arch Linux

  • AUR: qhot-git

Build for local Qt kit

Build qhot from sources for your specific Qt kit, and install it alongside the other Qt tools. This way qhot will find all the Qt plugins that you already have installed on your local system. No need for a large package.

git clone
cd qhot
# Configure
cmake -B build -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release
# Or use CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH where QTDIR should point to a Qt kit, e.g. C:/Qt/5.15.2/msvc2019_64
cmake -S . -B my-build -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH="$Env:QTDIR"
# Compile
cmake --build build --parallel --config Release

# Install qhot in the bin folder, e.g. C:/Qt/5.15.2/msvc2019_64/bin
cmake --build build --target install

How to use

To run qhot: ./qhot.exe myFile.qml or ./qhot.dmg myFile.qml or ./qhot.AppImage myFile.qml


Supported commands

--help, -h, -?           Give this friendly help message for our confort
--desktop                Force use of desktop GL (AA_UseDesktopOpenGL)
--gles                   Force use of GLES (AA_UseOpenGLES)
--software               Force use of software rendering (Qt::AA_UseSoftwareOpenGL)
--scaling                Enable High DPI scaling (AA_EnableHighDpiScaling)
--no-scaling             Disable High DPI scaling (AA_DisableHighDpiScaling)
--import-path, -I        Add list of **import** paths (path:path)
--plugin-path, -P        Add list of **plugin** paths (path:path)
--translation            Set the translation file (file)
--style                  Change style
--profile-path           Path (including filename) to qhot-profile.json (file)
--background             Set the background color (color)
--quick-controls-conf    Path (including filename) to qtquickcontrols2.conf (file)

Store options in a profile

All the command line options can also be set in a qhot-profile.json file. For example:

    "import-path": [
    "background": "#808080",
    "quick-controls-conf": "src/qml/qtquickcontrols2.conf"

The import paths in the example above are relative to the file itself, but can also be absolute. The relative paths make it more convenient to add it to a vcs repository.

Integrate in QtCreator

Integrating qhot in QtCreator makes it very easy to quickly prototype within the IDE. See Using External Tools. Example configuration:

  1. Executable: C:\Qt\5.15.2\msvc2019_64\bin\qhot.exe
  2. Arguments: %{CurrentDocument:FilePath} --profile-path "%{ActiveProject:Path}/qhot-profile.json"
  3. Environment: QT_ASSUME_STDERR_HAS_CONSOLE=1 (This will append stdout to the console)

It is also quite handy to add a shortcut in QtCreator to launch qhot. See Keyboard Shortcuts.


  • Ctrl+Meta+F1 Launch popup to change background
  • Ctrl+Meta+Q Quit application

Loading Test Data

QHot has the same functionality as qmlscene to load dummy test data and it works exactly the same way: load test data.