Qt Creator API Reference
The core of Qt Creator is basically only a plugin loader. All functionality is implemented in plugins. The basis of Qt Creator is implemented in the Core Plugin. The plugin manager provides simple means for plugin cooperation that allow plugins to provide hooks for other plugin's extensions.
There are a few core libraries used by many parts of Qt Creator.
|Aggregation||Adds functionality for "glueing" QObjects of different types together, so you can "cast" between them.|
|ExtensionSystem||Implements the plugin loader framework. Provides a base class for plugins and basic mechanisms for plugin interaction like an object pool.|
|Utils||General utility library.|
|qtcreatorcdbext||Windows CDB debugger extension|
As already mentioned, Qt Creator is basically only a plugin loader framework which gets its IDE functionality through plugins. The most important plugin is the
Core plugin which provides all the basic functionality needed later to integrate e.g. editors or mode windows.
|Core||The core plugin. Provides the main window and managers for editors, actions, mode windows and files, just to mention the most important ones.|
This plugin also contains classes necessary to hook into the Locator as well as support for searching text in arbitrary widgets.
|ProjectExplorer||The project explorer plugin. Provides base classes for project handling.|
|VcsBase||Base classes for version control support.|
|TextEditor||This is where everything starts if you want to create a text editor. Besides the base editor itself, this plugin contains APIs for supporting functionality like snippets, highlighting, code assist, indentation and style, and others.|