HMI
Running Windows .exe in the Qt application

The task was to write a Qt Quick application (GUI) to upload new firmware to a touch controller. The upload software was provided by the manufacturer in a .exe application that loads a .bin file onto the touch controller. I wanted to use the "QProcess" Qt classes for this, which can be used to call and control shell applications. On the Linux side, I had already used this successfully several times – but on Windows it didn't want to work at first.

QProcess::setWorkingDirectory

The "trick" or solution for this was using "setWorkingDirectory". Here is an excerpt from the .h and .cpp files. Please note the line "process->setWorkingDirectory..." in the .cpp file. cmdlauncher.h

#ifndef CMDLAUNCHER_H
#define CMDLAUNCHER_H

#include <QObject>
#include <QtQuick>
#include <QDebug>
#include <QProcess>
#include <QVariant>
#include <QString>
#include <QDir>

class CmdLauncher : public QProcess
{
    Q_OBJECT

public:
    CmdLauncher(QObject *parent = nullptr);

    Q_INVOKABLE void start(const QString &program, const QVariantList &arguments);

    QString application_directory;
};

#endif // CMDLAUNCHER_H

cmdlauncher.cpp

#include "cmdlauncher.h"

CmdLauncher::CmdLauncher(QObject *parent) : QProcess(parent)
{
    process_running = "start";
}

void CmdLauncher::start(const QString &program, const QVariantList &arguments) {
    QStringList args;

    // convert QVariantList from QML to QStringList for QProcess/
    for (int i = 0; i setWorkingDirectory(application_directory + "/nConsoleTool");
    process->setProcessChannelMode(QProcess::MergedChannels);
    process->start(program, args);
    process->waitForFinished();

    // get values and set states
    QByteArray bytes = process->readAll();
    cmd_output = QString::fromLocal8Bit(bytes);
    emit cmdOutputChanged();
    }
}

main.qml

import QtQuick 2.9
import QtQuick.Window 2.3
import QtQuick.Controls 2.5
import QtQuick.Dialogs 1.2
import QtQuick.Layouts 1.3
import CmdLauncher 1.0

ApplicationWindow {
    id: application_window
    visible: true
    width: 1024
    height: 768
    title: qsTr("Firmware Tool")

    CmdLauncher {
        id: launcher
    }

    Button {
        id: nUpdateFW
        x: 260
        y: 20
        width: 200
        height: 30
        text: "Upload Firmware"

        onClicked: {
            //console.log(launcher.application_directory + "/nConsoleTool/nUpdateFW.exe");
            if (file_path == "") {
                fileMissing.open();
            } else {
                launcher.start(launcher.application_directory + "/nConsoleTool/nUpdateFW.exe", [ file_path, "-ba" ]);
                if (launcher.controller_detected == false) {
                    controllerMissing.open();
                }
            }
        }
    }
}