Installing Qt

As stated on their website (, “Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework for developers using C++.” The PFC graphical user interface is largely built on this library, and many of the Qt functionalities are used in the PFC code base. As a result, we require that all users creating a C++ plugin utilize Qt version 5.14.2. We also require that the Visual Studio integration for Qt be installed. We strongly recommend that the following steps are followed exactly:

  1. Download the the Qt installer from:
  2. Run the installer. Once the meta information from the repository is loaded select the install location c:\qt\5.14.2. Select version 5.14.2 only to install. At a minimum the MSVC2017 64-bit and the Sources boxes must be checked.
  3. Once installation is complete, open the Visual Studio 2019 IDE. Under tools select Extensions and Updates. click the Online arrow on the left and search for Qt. Install the Qt Visual Studio Tools extension.
  4. Restart the Visual Studio 2019 IDE and under Qt VS Tools –> Qt Options add the Qt version 5.14 with associated directory C:\qt\5.14.2\5.14.2\msvc2017_64.