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    \title Using External Tools

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    You can use external tools directly from \QC. Qt Linguist, QML preview
    tools, and the default text editor for your system are preconfigured
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    for use. You can change their default configurations and configure new

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    To run the tools, select \uicontrol Tools > \uicontrol External, or use the
    \c x filter in the locator.

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    \section1 Using Qt Linguist

    You can use the Qt Linguist release manager tools, lupdate and lrelease,
    directly from \QC. The lupdate tool is used to synchronize source
    code and translations. The lrelease tool is used to create run-time
    translation files for use by the released application.

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    To synchronize translation source (TS) files from a translator with the
    application code,
    select \uicontrol {Tools > External > Text > Linguist > Update Translations
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    To generate from the TS files Qt message (QM) files that can be used by an
    application, select \uicontrol {Tools > External > Text > Linguist > Release
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    Translations (lrelease)}.

    By default, the project .pro file is passed to the tools as an argument. To
    specify other command line arguments for the tools, select \uicontrol {Tools >
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    External > Configure}.

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    To open TS files in Qt Linguist, right-click a TS file in the
    \uicontrol Projects view and select \uicontrol {Open With} >
    \uicontrol {Qt Linguist} in the context menu.
    For more information about Qt Linguist, see \l{Qt Linguist Manual}.

    \section1 Previewing QML Files

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    You can preview the current QML document in the QML Viewer (Qt Quick 1) or
    QML Scene (Qt Quick 2). The preview tools enable you to load QML documents
    for viewing and testing while you are developing an application.

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    To preview the currently active QML file, select \uicontrol Tools >
    \uicontrol External > \uicontrol {Qt Quick} > \uicontrol {Qt Quick 1 Preview
    (qmlviewer)} or \uicontrol {Qt Quick 2 Preview (qmlscene)}.
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    \section1 Using External Text Editors

    You can open files for editing in the default text editor for your system:
    Notepad on Windows and vi on Linux and \macos.
    To open the file you are currently viewing in an external editor, select
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    \uicontrol Tools > \uicontrol External > \uicontrol Text >
    \uicontrol {Edit with Notepad} or \uicontrol {Edit with vi}, depending on
    your system.
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    \QC looks for the editor path in the PATH environment variable
    of your operating system.

    \section1 Configuring External Tools

    You can change the configuration of preconfigured tools and configure
    additional tools in \QC \uicontrol Options.

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    \image qtcreator-external-tools.png

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    To configure external tools:

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        \li Select \uicontrol {Tools > External > Configure}.

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        \li Select \uicontrol {Add > Add Tool}
            to add a new tool. You can also select \uicontrol {Add Category} to add a
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            new category.

        \li In the \uicontrol Executable field, specify the executable to run. If the
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            executable is found in your system PATH variable, do not specify
            the path to it.

        \li In the \uicontrol Arguments field, specify optional arguments for running
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            the executable.

        \li In the \uicontrol {Working directory} field, specify the path to the
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            working directory.

        \li In the \uicontrol Output field, select how to handle output from the
            tool. You can ignore the output, view it in the \uicontrol {General
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            Messages} output pane, or replace the selected text with the
            output in the code editor.

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        \li In the \uicontrol {Error output} field, select how to handle error
            messages from the tool.

        \li In the \uicontrol Environment field, select \uicontrol Change to modify
            environment variable values for build and run environments in
            the \uicontrol {Edit Environment Changes} dialog. For more information
            about how to add and remove variable values, see \l{Batch Editing}.

        \li Select the \uicontrol {Modifies current document} check box to make sure
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            that if the current document is modified by the tool, it is saved
            before the tool is run and reloaded after the tool finishes.

        \li In the \uicontrol Input field, specify text that is passed as standard
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            input to the tool.


    The category and tool are added to the \uicontrol {Tools > External} menu.
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    If you change the configuration of preconfigured tools, you can later
    revert the changes by selecting the \uicontrol Reset button.
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    The tool configurations that you add and modify are stored in XML format in
    the user configuration folder. For example,
    \c {~/config/QtProject/qtcreator/externaltools}
    on Linux and \macos and
    \c {C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\QtProject\qtcreator\externaltools}
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    in Windows. To share a configuration with other users, copy an XML
    configuration file to the folder.