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Hello Marble
Tutorial Series   Marble C++ Tutorial
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What's Next   Tutorial 2 - MarbleWidget: Changing basic map properties
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Hello Marble!

The API of the Marble library allows for a very easy integration of a map widget into your application.

Let's prove that with a tiny Hello world-like example: Qt beginners might want to have a look at the Qt Widgets Tutorial to learn more about the details of the code. But this shouldn't be really necessary. For a start we just create a QApplication object and a MarbleWidget object which serves as a window. By default the MarbleWidget uses the Atlas map theme. However for our first example we choose to display streets. So we set the maptheme id to OpenStreetMap. We then call QWidget::show() to show the map widget and we call QApplication::exec() to start the event loop. That's all!

  1. include <QtGui/QApplication>
  2. include <marble/MarbleWidget.h>

using namespace Marble;

int main(int argc, char** argv) {

   QApplication app(argc,argv);
   // Create a Marble QWidget without a parent
   MarbleWidget *mapWidget = new MarbleWidget();
   // Load the OpenStreetMap map
   return app.exec();


Save the code above as my_marble.cpp and compile it:

g++ -I /usr/include/qt4/ -o my_marble my_marble.cpp -lmarblewidget -lQtGui

If things go fine, execute ./my_marble and you end up with a fully usable OpenStreetMap application:

My hello.png

Here's a little checklist to tackle some problems that might arise when compiling the code above:
  • You need Qt and Marble development packages (or comparable SVN installations)
  • If Qt headers are not installed in /usr/include/qt4 on your system, change the path in the g++ call above accordingly.
  • Likewise, add -I /path/to/marble/headers if they're not to be found in /usr/include

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