Qt for Android - Building from Source

This page describes the process of configuring and building Qt for Android. To download and install a pre-built Qt for Android, follow the instructions on the Getting Started with Qt page.


To build Qt for Android from source please ensure all requirements from Getting Started with Qt for Android are met before continuing.


Building Qt for Android on Windows also requires the following software:

  • MinGW 11.2 toolchain
  • Perl

Note: Qt for Android does not support building from source with Microsoft Visual C++ (MSVC).

Install the requirements, and set the PATH to include the newly installed binaries:


To verify the installation, run:

where mingw32-make.exe

The command should list mingw32-make.exe under the path <MINGW_ROOT> first.

Getting the Sources

You can download the Qt sources from the Qt Downloads page, or follow the wiki guide for Getting the source code.


Qt 6 allows building Qt for Android from source code using CMake. Qt 6 keeps the same configure script from Qt 5. The main difference is that Qt for Android is dependent on a host Qt build, which means to build Qt for Android, you need to build Qt for the desktop platform used as a host (for example Linux, macOS, or Windows).

To configure Qt for Android, create a shadow build directory to keep the source directory clean:

mkdir <path_to_build_dir>/build-qt
cd <path_to_build_dir>/build-qt

<path_to_qt_source>/configure -platform android-clang -prefix </path/to/install> -android-ndk <path/to/sdk>/ndk/<ndk_version> -android-sdk <path/to/sdk> -qt-host-path <path_to_host_qt_installation> -android-abis arm64-v8a

And then run the configure script:

<path_to_qt_source>/configure -platform android-clang -prefix </path/to/install> -android-ndk $ANDROID_NDK_ROOT -android-sdk $ANDROID_SDK_ROOT -qt-host-path <path_to_host_qt_installation>


Qt for Android supports the following ABIs:

The following configurations are supported in this Qt release:

Android 6.0 or later (API level 23 or higher)armv7a, x86, arm64-v8, and x86_64Clang 11.0.5 (NDK r22b) as provided by Google, MinGW 11.2For JDK versions see Java Development Kit (JDK)

To choose the ABI to build for, use the -android-abis feature of the configure script.

Note: 6.2 does not yet support being built for multiple ABIs at the same time.

Advanced Configure Arguments

Qt for Android contains Java code which is compiled into *.jar files with javac. To set the javac version for source and target, use -android-javac-source and -android-javac-target respectively:

-android-javac-source 8 -android-javac-target 8

To build Qt as a developer build instead of a prefix build, use the following instead of -prefix argument:


Qt Configure Options contains more information about the configure options.


To build the configured Qt code, run the following command:

cmake --build . --parallel


Now, to install Qt, run the following command:

cmake --install .

On Unix based OSes you should prefix the install command with the sudo command.

If you haven't provided the --prefix <install-dir> configure option, the installation is placed under /usr/local/Qt-<version>.

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