Andy Shaw

Qt is coming to Red Hat Enterprise Linux!

Published Wednesday June 24th, 2015
6 Comments on Qt is coming to Red Hat Enterprise Linux!
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For some time now it has been possible to compile and use Qt manually on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform, but with the later Qt 5 releases it hasn’t been as  straightforward due to the libraries and tools that come provided with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Now with the release of Qt 5.5.0, there will be full and official support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6!

What this actually means is that Qt is tested on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 along with the other platforms that are CI tested (i.e Qt is regularly built and platform tests are run on a regular basis to try and prevent bugs from being introduced when a change is made), as indicated here http://doc.qt.io/QtSupportedPlatforms/index.html.

In addition to the fact that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 is now tested much more thoroughly on a regular basis, there will also be a pre-built version of Qt for this platform. This will enable you to download Qt and install it without having to wait for the compilation to succeed. This also means less hassle with setting up all the dependencies and the like to get Qt built.

Since the same rules apply for earlier versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, as for any other Linux distribution, Qt will be usable on these platforms, too. As long as you can use a supported compiler version and the dependencies required for building Qt are also available then there is no problem with compiling and developing with Qt on the earlier versions. However, for simplicity and ease of use reasons, we recommend that you consider moving to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 when switching to Qt 5.5.0.

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6 comments

Taylor Braun-Jones says:

This is great news! Does this apply to Qt Creator too? Any plans for RHEL7?

It also seems worth mentioning that high quality Qt5 packages have always been available for RHEL6 via the EPEL repository.

iieklund says:

Yes the Qt Creator will be built with RHEL6.6 as well.

John says:

Second that. We’ll be moving from RHEL 6.6 to RHEL 7 within the next year, so official Qt yum repo for RHEL7 would be very much appreciated.

Scorp1us says:

What does this mean for ec2 users with Amazon (yum) AMIs? I beleive these are CentOS-based.
Will we be able to use Qt headless?

DE says:

Nice work! Redhat should officially support Qt only(NO GTK any more). Obviously, Qt will be a better choice than Java or GTK in business server environment.

John says:

Great news! Will the Qt 5.5 CentOS 6.6 binaries (rpm’s) be hosted in a yum repository? (please)

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