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There are a few ways you can get started with Qt. To help us find the option for you, tell us what your application or device will be developed for...

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NOTE: There are many aspects of open source licensing to consider. This is just a high level guide and not intended to replace legal counsel.

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Qt is a flexible and customisable framework

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Qt for Application Development
- Desktop & Mobile


Qt is a comprehensive cross-platform framework and toolkit that helps you create and build native applications and user interfaces for all the screens of your end user. With Qt, you can reach all your target platforms with one technology and one codebase, minimizing your time-to-market and maintenance burden. Qt for Application Development is available under a dual-licensing model — you to chose what’s right for your needs.

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  • Commercial license without GPL/LGPL obligations*
  • Official Qt Support
  • Term-based or perpetual licensing
  • Direct relationship with The Qt Company with priority access to Qt R&D
  •  Prices starting from $79/month
  • Evaluate free for 30 days!

Open Source

Available under GPL and LGPLv3 licenses.

When developing with Qt Open Source, we stress that you are aware of the terms of the GPL or LGPL and your legal obligations. Before you start developing, please make sure your project complies with the license and that your company allows usage of open source products.

* Qt ships with third party open source components that might require respective licensing compliancy if used. See details of other licenses inside Qt.

Qt for Device Creation
- Embedded


Qt lets your create embedded devices & IoT systems with amazing modern UIs and full native performance. Qt for Device Creation includes additional embedded tooling & solutions that facilitate your whole embedded development workflow helping you reach market faster. With this commercially licensed solution, your development, UX and distribution is entirely under your control. Commercial licensed only.


  • Qt framework & development tools with additional embedded features
  • Productivity tools & pre-built software stack** for immediate prototyping
  • Official Qt Support
  • Avoid legal risk & secure your intellectual property rights
  • Perpetual commercial licensing to protect your investment
  • Direct relationship with The Qt Company with priority access to our R&D

** Embedded Linux only – learn more.

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