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Welcome to PiCute - QT5 running on the RaspberryPI

What is this?

This is an automation tool to build the latest QT5 version inside a bootable RaspberryPI image.

QT5 official page: Official repos:

It creates two versions of the library. One for developers which includes build tools, and one for runtime which packages only the run-time libraries.

It will use a cross compiler for the runtime version, and will emulate ARM inside the image to build the developer version. You should succeed using this tool against different RaspberrryPI distribution images, but pipaOS XGUI version 3.5 is tested to work well.

What do i need?

This tool has to run on an Intel based Debian or cousin system. Additionally it needs to have:

  • NBD kernel support
  • access to a fast Internet connection
  • user account with password-less sudo permissions
  • A correctly Qemu static ARM emulator setup, and the following packages:
  • python 2.7, build-essential, qemu-utils, binfmt-support and libfreetype6
  • ARM Cross compiler (to built the runtime image)
  • Clone this repo into /opt/rpi-tools:

what do I have to do?

A normal build using pipaOS can be built straight away like this:

$ ./build-picute configs/pibuild-pipaos-xcb developer

Change developer to runtime to build the QT5 libraries alone.

Recommend to run it inside a screen session as this will take quite a long time.

The native build (development) will take about 8 hours on a 4 CPU dual core system.

On completion you can run ./ on the host, to obtain 2 Debian packages, runtime and development.

what next?

Burn the image to an SD card and boot it on a RaspberryPI. QT5 will be available at /usr/local/picute/v.5.4.1 The developer build will also contain a bunch of demos on the examples subdirectory.



QT5 on the RaspberryPI




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