nymea:app, while being a client implementation, is structured in a way that it provides a Qt library that wraps the entire JSONRPC API in a Qt like fashion. It can be used in C++ projects as well as imported in a QML app to have all nymea features available in QML.

Building the library

Building the nymea:app library is no different than building nymea:app itself. Building should be possible on pretty much every platform supported by Qt. Currrently the app is built and released officially for those platforms:

  • Linux Desktop
  • Windows Desktop
  • macOS Desktop
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Ubuntu Phone


At first, Qt needs to be installed. The minimum Qt version for nymea:app is 5.9. However, that requirement is mostly because of the usage of QtQuick.Controls 2 in the QML part. If only the libraries are required, it might be possible to also build with Qt 5.6. This however is not a requirement we test at this point so it might require smaller changes backporting to older versions.

The recommended way to install Qt for nymea:app is to use the Qt online installer from qt.io. The required modules are:

  • Qt itself
  • Qt Charts
  • Qt Virtual Keyboard
  • Qt WebEngine


Note: If only the lib is required, only Qt itself is required. The application UI will not work for 100%, however the library will still be built.

Android extras

If building for Android, also the Android component needs to be selected in the Qt install wizard. In addition to that, the android SDK and NDK need to be installed. Please refer to the upstream Qt for android documentation for more details.

nymea:app on android also requires the Firebase SDK for Push notifications. The Firebase C++ SDK can be obtained from https://firebase.google.com/download/cpp. After download the zip, it should be extracted to /opt/forebase_sdk_cpp or the paths in nymea-app/nymea-app.pro need to be updated.

iOS/macOS extras

Building nymea:app for iOS or macOS require to also select the iOS/macOS components in the Qt install wizard. In addition to that it is required to have XCode installed. Please refer to the upstrea Qt for iOS and Qt for macOS documentations for more details.

Also on iOS nymea:app uses the Firebase SDK for push notifications. This can be obtained by cocoa pods as described here.


The first step is to obtain the code:

git clone https://github.com/nymea/nymea-app.git
cd nymea-app
git submodule update --init

The preferred way of building is using QtCreator by opening nymea-app.pro and clicking the build button. It is also possible to build without QtCreator using the usual build steps.

This requires to have Qt installed and added to the PATH variable.

qmake /path/to/nymea-app/

This will build the entire app. The library can be found in the build directory in libnymea-app. By dfault it will be built as a static library named libnymea-app.a. This library can then be linked to any c++ Application.

Using the library

There is no API documentation for libnymea-app at this point yet. We recommend looking at nymea:app’s QML files for examples on how to interact with the lib.

Using it in C++/Qt

Using the library requires to add the source directory to the inlcude path and adding the library to the linker flags.

Depending on the build system used this might differ.

For example, using it in a qmake project would require something like this:

INCLUDEPATH += /path/to/nymea-app/libnymea-app
LIBS += -L/path/to/nymea-app-build/libnymea-app -lnymea-app

Please refer to your build system’s documentation on how to add include paths and libraries. In the end, the added flags must be


for the compiler, and

-L/path/to/nymea-app-build/libnymea-app -lnymea-app

for the linker.

Making it available in QML

In order to register all the types in QML, include the libnymea-app-core.h file in your c++ application loader and call registerQmlTypes().

#include <libnymea-app-core.h>

void main() {

    QQmlApplicationEngine *engine = new QQmlApplicationEngine();


After that, Nymea 1.0 can be imported in QML files.