<QtConcurrentRun> - Asynchronous Run
The <QtConcurrentRun> header provides a way to run a function in a separate thread. More...
|QFuture<T>||run ( Function function, ... )|
This function is a part of the Qt Concurrent framework.
Running a Function in a Separate Thread
To run a function in another thread, use QtConcurrent::run():
extern void aFunction(); QFuture<void> future = QtConcurrent::run(aFunction);
Passing Arguments to the Function
Passing arguments to the function is done by adding them to the QtConcurrent::run() call immediately after the function name. For example:
extern void aFunctionWithArguments(int arg1, double arg2, const QString &string); int integer = ...; double floatingPoint = ...; QString string = ...; QFuture<void> future = QtConcurrent::run(aFunctionWithArguments, integer, floatingPoint, string);
A copy of each argument is made at the point where QtConcurrent::run() is called, and these values are passed to the thread when it begins executing the function. Changes made to the arguments after calling QtConcurrent::run() are not visible to the thread.
Returning Values from the Function
Any return value from the function is available via QFuture:
extern QString functionReturningAString(); QFuture<QString> future = QtConcurrent::run(functionReturningAString); ... QString result = future.result();
As documented above, passing arguments is done like this:
extern QString someFunction(const QByteArray &input); QByteArray bytearray = ...; QFuture<QString> future = QtConcurrent::run(someFunction, bytearray); ... QString result = future.result();
Note that the QFuture::result() function blocks and waits for the result to become available. Use QFutureWatcher to get notification when the function has finished execution and the result is available.
Additional API Features
Using Member Functions
QtConcurrent::run() also accepts pointers to member functions. The first argument must be either a const reference or a pointer to an instance of the class. Passing by const reference is useful when calling const member functions; passing by pointer is useful for calling non-const member functions that modify the instance.
For example, calling QByteArray::split() (a const member function) in a separate thread is done like this:
// call 'QList<QByteArray> QByteArray::split(char sep) const' in a separate thread QByteArray bytearray = "hello world"; QFuture<QList<QByteArray> > future = QtConcurrent::run(bytearray, &QByteArray::split, ','); ... QList<QByteArray> result = future.result();
Calling a non-const member function is done like this:
// call 'void QImage::invertPixels(InvertMode mode)' in a separate thread QImage image = ...; QFuture<void> future = QtConcurrent::run(&image, &QImage::invertPixels, QImage::InvertRgba); ... future.waitForFinished(); // At this point, the pixels in 'image' have been inverted
Using Bound Function Arguments
You can use boost::bind() or std::tr1::bind() to bind a number of arguments to a function when called. There are number of reasons for doing this:
- To call a function that takes more than 5 arguments.
- To simplify calling a function with constant arguments.
- Changing the order of arguments.
See the documentation for the relevant functions for details on how to use the bind API.
Calling a bound function is done like this:
void someFunction(int arg1, double arg2); QFuture<void> future = QtConcurrent::run(boost::bind(someFunction, 1, 2.0)); ...
QFuture<T> QtConcurrent::run ( Function function, ... )
Runs function in a separate thread. The thread is taken from the global QThreadPool. Note that the function may not run immediately; the function will only be run when a thread is available.
T is the same type as the return value of function. Non-void return values can be accessed via the QFuture::result() function.
Note that the QFuture returned by QtConcurrent::run() does not support canceling, pausing, or progress reporting. The QFuture returned can only be used to query for the running/finished status and the return value of the function.