qbs dump-nodes-tree [options] [config:configuration-name]


Dumps the nodes in the build graph to stdout.

This is an internal command that is used for debugging purposes only.


--build-directory|-d <directory>

Specifies a <directory> where build artifacts are stored.

The default value is the current directory unless preferences.defaultBuildDirectory is set.

Relative paths will be interpreted relative to the current directory.

You can use the following special values as placeholders:

  • @project is expanded to the name of the project file excluding the extension .qbs.
  • @path is expanded to the name of the directory containing the project file.

--products|-p <name>[,<name>...]

Takes only the products specified by <name> and their dependencies into account.

--settings-dir <directory>

Reads all settings (such as profile information) from the specified <directory>. If the directory does not exist, it will be created.

The default value is system-specific. For example:

  • Linux: $HOME/.config/QtProject/qbs
  • Windows: %APPDATA%\QtProject\qbs
  • macOS: $HOME/Library/Preferences/qbs



Specifies the build configuration to use.

The debug and release configuration names imply the respective build variant. A debug build contains additional debug symbols that are needed for debugging the application but that can be left out from the release version. Generally, debug builds are used for testing and release builds for creating the final installation file.

The build variant can also be specified explicitly by using the qbs.buildVariant property.

When naming configurations created for special purposes, follow the rules for legal names generally used in programming languages:

  • The first character must be a letter (a-z), an underscore (_), or a dollar sign ($).
  • Subsequent characters may be letters, digits, underscores, or dollar signs.


Dumps the nodes tree into a file called nodes-tree.log:

qbs dump-nodes-tree >nodes-tree.log

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