Qt WebEngine Features

Qt WebEngine supports the following features:

Audio and Video Codecs

Qt WebEngine supports the MPEG-4 Part 14 (MP4) file format only if the required proprietary audio and video codecs, such as H.264 and MPEG layer-3 (MP3), have been enabled. Proprietary codecs can be enabled by passing the following option when configuring Qt:


Warning: When distributing proprietary codec libraries, you must acquire licenses for them.

FFmpeg is a cross-platform solution to record, convert, and stream audio and video. It can be configured for use with several codecs, which rises licensing issues during distribution with the codec libraries. For some codecs, open source implementations, such as OpenH264, are available.

Chromium DevTools

The Chromium DevTools provide the ability to inspect and debug layout and performance issues of any web content.

This feature can be tested by launching a Qt WebEngine application with the command line option --remote-debugging-port=[your-port] or by setting the environment variable QTWEBENGINE_REMOTE_DEBUGGING, and then using a Chromium based browser (such as Simple Browser or Nano Browser) to connect to http://localhost:[your-port].

For more information, see Qt WebEngine Debugging and Profiling.

Drag and Drop

Qt WebEngine supports HTML5 drag and drop.

This feature can be tested by opening an HTML5 drag and drop demo, such as HTML5 Demos - Drag and Drop, HTML5 Demos - Simple Drag and Drop, or HTML5 Demos - Drag and Drop, Automatic Upload, in Simple Browser or Nano Browser.

Dragging files into the browser is not actually part of HTML5, but it is supported. It can be tested by opening HTML5 Demos - File API.

Support for this feature was added in Qt 5.7.0.


Qt WebEngine supports viewing web content in fullscreen mode. For more information, see WebEngineSettings.fullscreenSupportEnabled, WebEngineView.fullScreenRequested, QWebEngineSettings::FullScreenSupportEnabled, and QWebEnginePage::fullScreenRequested.

This feature can be tested by playing a video from YouTube in Video Player or Nano Browser, and clicking the full screen icon to go into fullscreen mode.

Support for this feature was added in Qt 5.6.0.


Qt WebEngine supports viewing DRM protected videos if the Widevine DRM plugin has been installed.

The video format most commonly used by DRM services, H.264, requires proprietary audio and video codecs. For more information about enabling the codecs, see Audio and Video Codecs.

This feature can be tested by playing a video in Simple Browser or Nano Browser from castLabs, Swank Motion Pictures, Inc., or Shaka Player.

Support for this feature was added in Qt 5.7.0.

HTML5 Geolocation

Qt WebEngine supports JavaScript Geolocation API with Qt Location as a backend. The application has to explicitly allow the feature by using QWebEnginePage::Geolocation or WebEngineView.Feature.

If Qt Location has been built before Qt WebEngine then this feature can be tested by using Maps and allowing it to find the current position of the user. Note that on Windows an external GPS receiver must be connected to the application. For more information, see Qt Positioning.

Support for this feature was added in Qt 5.5.0.

HTTP/2 Protocol

Qt WebEngine supports the Chromium implementation of the HTTP/2 protocol.

This feature can be tested by opening an HTTP/2 demo, such as the Akamai HTTP/2 Demo, in Simple Browser or Nano Browser.

Native Dialogs

A web page might request dialogs for the following functions:

  • Entering user credentials for HTTP and proxy authentication
  • Displaying JavaScript alerts, confirmation dialogs, and prompts
  • Picking colors
  • Selecting files
  • Displaying form validation messages

Qt WebEngine provides standard dialogs for these functions. In widget-based applications, the standard dialogs are based on QDialog, whereas in Qt Quick applications, they can be based either on Qt Quick Controls 1 or Qt Quick Controls 2 (since Qt 5.8). The latter are used only on eglfs platforms.

To explicitly force either dialogs based on Qt Quick Controls 1 or Qt Quick Controls 2, set the QTWEBENGINE_DIALOG_SET environment variable to either QtQuickControls1 or QtQuickControls2.

Qt WebEngine Widgets dialogs can be customized by reimplementing the QWebEnginePage::chooseFiles(), QWebEnginePage::javaScriptAlert(), QWebEnginePage::javaScriptConfirm(), and QWebEnginePage::javaScriptPrompt() functions.

Since Qt 5.8, Qt Quick dialogs can be customized by connecting to the WebEngineView::authenticationDialogRequested(), WebEngineView::javaScriptDialogRequested(), WebEngineView::colorDialogRequested(), WebEngineView::fileDialogRequested(), and WebEngineView::formValidationMessageRequested() signals. For an example, see WebEngine Qt Quick Custom Dialogs Example.

Pepper Plugin API

Qt WebEngine supports loading Pepper Plugin API (PPAPI) plugins if WebEngineSettings::pluginsEnabled or QWebEngineSettings::PluginsEnabled is set.

Except for the Adobe Flash Player plugin, the plugins must be loaded manually using the Chromium command line syntax with the --register-pepper-plugins argument. The argument value is a list of entries, separated by commas, that contain the file path and one or several MIME types, separated by semicolons:


For example:


The MIME type is important because it determines which embeds the plugin is used for.

Support for this feature was added in Qt 5.6.0.

Pepper Flash Player Plugin Support

The Pepper Flash player plugin can be loaded automatically if it is installed in one of the following locations, depending on the platform:

  • Windows
  • OS X
    /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/PepperFlashPlayer/PepperFlashPlayer.plugin
  • Linux

You can also load the Pepper Flash player from a specific location by using command line arguments:


By default, the Flash version is set to 11.2.999.999. You can use the ppapi-flash-version= argument to set another Flash version in the format major.minor.build.revision:


This feature can be tested in Simple Browser or Nano Browser if the Adobe Flash PPAPI plugin is installed and plugins are enabled in the browser. To test the feature, the https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html page can be opened in the browser.

Qt WebEngine supports printing a web page to a PDF file. For more information, see QWebEnginePage::printToPdf() and WebEngineView.printToPdf.

This feature can be tested using Html2Pdf.

Support for this feature was added in Qt 5.7.0.


Qt WebEngine supports integrating spellchecking support into HTML forms to enable users to submit spellchecked messages. When the user clicks on an underlined misspelled word, the default context menu displays up to four suggestions. Selecting one will replace the misspelled word.

To be able to check the spelling, the spellchecker needs dictionaries. It supports dictionaries from the Hunspell project, but they have to be compiled into a special binary format. A Hunspell dictionary consists of two files:

  • A .dic file that is a dictionary containing words for the language
  • An .aff file that defines the meaning of special flags in the dictionary

These two files can be converted into the bdic format by using the qwebengine_convert_dict tool that is shipped together with Qt. When the Qt WebEngine spellchecker initializes, it will try to load the bdict dictionaries and to check them for consistency.

If QTWEBENGINE_DICTIONARIES_PATH is set, the spellchecker uses the dictionaries in the specified directory without looking anywere else. Otherwise, it uses the qtwebengine_dictionaries directory relative to the executable if it exists. If it does not exist, it will look in QT_INSTALL_PREFIX/qtwebengines_dictionaries.

On macOS, depending on how Qt WebEngine is configured at build time, there are two possibilities how spellchecking data is found:

  • Hunspell dictionaries (default) - .bdic dictionaries are used, just like on other platforms
  • Native dictionaries - the macOS spellchecking APIs are used (which means the results will depend on the installed OS dictionaries)

Thus, in the macOS Hunspell case, Qt WebEngine will look in the qtwebengine_dictionaries subdirectory located inside the application bundle Resources directory, and also in the Resources directory located inside the Qt framework bundle.

To summarize, in case of Hunspell usage, the following paths are considered:

Spellchecking is disabled by default and can be enabled per profile by using the QWebEngineProfile::setSpellCheckEnabled() method in widget-based applications and the WebEngineProfile.spellCheckEnabled property in Qt Quick applications.

The current language used for spellchecking is defined per profile, and can be set using the QWebEngineProfile::setSpellCheckLanguages() method or the WebEngineProfile.spellCheckLanguages property.

This feature can be tested by building and running the Spellchecker Example.

Support for this feature was added in Qt 5.8.0.


Qt WebEngine supports touch devices for navigating and interacting with web pages.

Applications can prohibit the use of touch events in the following ways:

  • Passing the flag --touch-events=disabled on the command line will disable touch event support in JavaScript API (meaning ontouchstart and related handlers will not be present in the document.window object). Touch events will still be delivered to web pages.
  • Installing an event filter object using QObject::installEventFilter on the WebEngine view focus proxy object, and filtering out all touch events.

View Source

Qt WebEngine supports viewing the HTML source of a web page.

This feature can be used from custom menus or assigned to custom events. For more information, see WebEngineView::WebAction, and QWebEnginePage::WebAction.

This feature can be tested by opening a web page in Simple Browser or Nano Browser, and then selecting Page Source in the context menu. The Page Source context menu entry opens the source view in a new tab.

For opening the source view in the current tab, URLs with view-source URI scheme are also supported. For example, you can type the following URL to the URL bar to view the HTML source of the qt.io web page:


Auto-completion of incomplete URLs with view-source URI scheme makes the usage of this feature more comfortable. For example, the following incomplete URL also loads the source view of the qt.io web page:


Support for this feature was added in Qt 5.8.0.


WebRTC provides browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple APIs. For more information, see WebEngineView.Feature and QWebEnginePage::Feature.

This feature can be tested by setting up a webcam or microphone and then opening https://test.webrtc.org/ in Simple Browser or Nano Browser.

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