How to get user's download folder in Qt?

How do I get the standard system / user paths in Qt?

What I really need is to get the location of the user's Downloads folder.

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You can use QDir::homePath() to get a QString to the home directory of the current user's profile but I'm not sure that there is a "standard" download directory identified by the OS.


In Qt 4, there is QDesktopServices providing some user paths:

https://doc.qt.io/qt-4.8/qdesktopservices.html#StandardLocation-enum

It has e.g. Desktop and Documents but no specific Downloads folder.

In Qt 5, use QStandardPaths:

const QString downloadsFolder = QStandardPaths::writableLocation(QStandardPaths::DownloadLocation);

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