QLab Remote

QLab Remote is an iOS app, available on the App Store, that can connect to QLab to remotely view, edit, and run cues. You can run QLab Remote on any iOS device running iOS 9.0 or later.

QLab Remote adapts to different screen sizes and orientations as best as it can, and it supports Split View. Some features will only be available when screen space permits, which means some features are only available on iPads.


Beginning with version 4.2, released March 2018, QLab Remote is a free app with two optional available in-app purchases.

Tapping the Purchases… button in the upper right corner of QLab Remote’s initial screen lets you view and make in-app purchases.

In App Purchases

If you purchased QLab Remote prior to version 4.2, your Apple ID should automatically enable the Show Control & Editing purchase. If it does not, you can tap Restore Previous Purchases to correct the situation.

Read-only Mode (free)

When QLab Remote is in Read-Only mode, you cannot use it to start or stop cues, move the playhead, or change any attributes of any cues in QLab except flags and notes.

Read-Only mode is intended to be used, for example, by a designer during a run-through or preview performance. In this situation, it can be desirable to edit notes and flag or unflag cues, but disallow any other editing.

Read-Only mode is also great for a remote cue list monitor for a stage manager or any other member of the team who needs to see what QLab is up to, but does not need to control QLab.

Show Control & Editing

This in-app purchase unlocks QLab Remote’s abilities to send commands to QLab. You can run cues, move the playhead, edit parameters of cues (with some limitations), and adjust video surface geometry.

Light Tools

This in-app purchase unlocks QLab Remote’s Light Keypad remote, which gives remote access to the Light Dashboard and lets you quickly and easily enter light commands, change levels, and record and update cues.

It also unlocks the Light Instrument Check tool which lets you quickly run a channel check on your lighting system.

You do not need to purchase Show Control & Editing to use Light Tools.

Backwards Compatibility

We make every effort to keep QLab Remote compatible with all releases of QLab 3 and QLab 4. Some features of QLab Remote can only work when connecting to newer versions of QLab, however. For example, QLab Remote’s Light Keypad requires QLab 4.2 or newer.

Using the most recent version of QLab and the most recent version of QLab Remote guarantees access to the most complete set of features.

You can see a complete chart showing which features require which version of QLab at the bottom of this page.

Getting Started

To begin, the iOS device running QLab Remote and the Mac running QLab must be on the same local network, and must be able to “see” each other. If you have a firewall on the network, it must be configured to permit traffic on ports 53000 and 53001.

Alternately, if you’re using QLab 4.1 or later, you can connect your iOS device to the Mac running QLab using a Lightning to USB cable, or a 30-pin to USB cable for older iOS devices.

Whether you’re connecting via a network or via USB tethering, your QLab workspace must also be set to use OSC controls, which can be set in the OSC Controls section of Workspace Settings. OSC controls are turned on by default in all QLab workspaces.

With your devices connected physically, and your workspace open on your Mac, launching QLab Remote will give you this screen:

Connect To QLab

QLab Remote will automatically “see” any workspaces open on your Mac via Bonjour, and you can simply tap to connect. If you have a unusual network setup, you can tap “Other” to directly enter the IP address of the Mac running QLab.

A Tour Of QLab Remote

QLab Remote

The bottom of the main display shows the familiar GO button, standby indicator, notes field, and transport buttons (reset, pause all, resume all, stop all) from QLab.

Above this is the cue list, which works exactly like the cue list display in QLab. To move the playhead, swipe right on a cue:

Move playhead

To edit a cue, swipe left to reveal four edit buttons:

Edit cue

You can also double-tap on a cue to edit that cue.

To move a cue within the list, long-press on that cue and then drag it up or down the list.

Cue Carts

QLab Remote is a great way to view and operate Cue Carts.

Cue Carts

While in the cart view:

  • Tap on a cue to trigger it.
  • Two-finger double-tap on a cue to edit it.
  • Two-finger long-press-and-hold on a cue to drag it to a new cell in the grid.
  • Pinch to zoom in or out on the cart view.

The Toolbar

Above the cue list is a toolbar showing the name of the workspace, the name of the currently displayed cue list, and the name of the Mac that QLab Remote is connected to. Surrounding this label are five tools.

Workspace Actions

Tapping on the Workspace Actions menu () reveals nine actions:

Workspace Actions

  • Show/Hide Toolbox. Tap to show or hide the toolbox in the cue list view. The toolbox works just like the toolbox in QLab; you use it to add new cues to your cue list.
  • Save Workspace has the exact same effect as choosing Save on the Mac.
  • Undo has the exact same effect as choosing Undo on the Mac.
  • Redo has the exact same effect as choosing Redo on the Mac.
  • Lock playhead to selection lets you toggle this setting from QLab Remote. You can learn more about the setting from the General section of the page on Workspace Settings in this documentation.
  • Enable/disable Read-Only Mode. Switching off Read-only mode requires the Show Control & Editing in-app purchase, as discussed above.
  • Edit Surfaces. If your workspaces has any video surfaces, and you have a Pro Video or Pro Bundle license installed, you can make basic edits to surface geometry using QLab Remote. See below for more details.
  • Load to time… works just like the Load To Time tool in QLab. You can also access it using its own button in the toolbar.
  • Disconnect. Tap here to disconnect QLab Remote from the current workspace.

Light Tools

Tapping on the Workspace Actions menu () reveals two actions:

Workspace Actions

  • Light Keypad. The Light Keypad is an optional tool for interacting with the Light Dashboard, adjusting lights, and creating and updating Light cues. You can read more about it below.
  • Instrument Check. This is a tool to let you quickly check every instrument in your workspace, bringing one instrument or group up at a time so that you can confirm that everything is working correctly. More details can be found below.

Load To Time

The Load To Time () tool works just like the Load To Time tool in QLab.

Load To Time

Resize Controls

The Resize Controls () button allows you to resize the footer, the GO button, and the transport controls.

Resize Controls

Tap the button to reveal the resize controls, then tap and drag them to arrange them as you prefer. You can enlarge, shrink, or entirely hide the GO button and transport controls, hide the entire footer, and so forth. Tap the button again to finish.

Cue Lists

The Cue Lists () menu allows you to switch between the lists and carts in your workspace.

Cue Lists

The last item in the Cue Lists menu is Active Cues, which is similar to the Active Cues display in QLab’s sidebar.

Editing Cues

QLab Remote can edit some attributes of all cues:

Edit basics

You can also make some adjustments to Audio cues, Video cues, and Light cues:

Edit audio levels

Edit video geometry

Edit light levels

Editing Video surfaces

If you have Pro Video or Pro Bundle license installed in QLab, QLab Remote can make basic edits to the geometry of surfaces in your workspace.

Edit surface geometry

You will need to set up the surface on the Mac, but once it’s basically set up you can use QLab Remote to make precise adjustments.

Light Keypad

The Light Keypad is a tool for interacting with the Light Dashboard in QLab. It’s designed to let you adjust lights quickly and easily, and then save those adjustments by creating new cues, or recording or updating existing cues.

The Light Command Line

You can tap on the command line and enter text using the regular iOS keyboard (or a physical keyboard connected to your iOS device.) This command line behaves exactly like the the command line in the Light Dashboard. Any text you enter here will be sent to the Dashboard when you press enter.

Over time

Typically, any commands you type into the command line will execute immediately when you hit enter. If you type a time into this field, however, the command will fade over that amount of time. This concept, called sneak on some other lighting consoles, allows you to make changes to the live state of your lights in a gentle, subtle way.

Instruments & Parameters

This tabbed area allows you to swiftly select an instrument or light group, then select the parameter you wish to edit. When the Light Keypad first opens, you’ll be presented with the Instruments tab:

Light Keypad - Instruments

You can tap on an instrument or light group to select it, and place its name in the command line.

If your instruments or light groups are numbered, you can also use the number keys from the beginning to enter the number of your instrument or light group. Once you enter a valid instrument or light group number, QLab Remote will display the Parameters tab. If you then enter a dash or comma, QLab Remote realizes that you’re trying to enter a range and returns to the Instruments tab.

Once you enter a name, QLab Remote will display the Parameters tab:

Light Keypad - Parameters

You can then tap on the parameter that you want to adjust, and then use the number keys to make the adjustment.

Once an equals sign is entered, the ”=”, ”-”, and ”,” buttons on the keypad become “cue”, “pass”, and “home” buttons which you can tap to add those keywords to the command line.

When your command is complete, the Enter button will become enabled, and you can tap on it to transmit the command to QLab. You will see the adjustment reflected in the Dashboard right away. If your QLab system is connected to your lights, you will of course also see your adjustment reflected in real life.

You can also always tap in the command line to use the onscreen keyboard or an attached physical keyboard to type commands from scratch or edit commands before committing them.

A note on the Light Keypad’s layout

The Instruments tab always shows light groups on the left, with the group “all” listed first. Individual instruments are shown on the right, alphabetically sorted.

The Parameters tab dynamically adjusts to show the most relevant set of information. If the command line is empty, QLab Remote shows all parameters of all instruments, listed in four columns: intensity, color, beam, and custom. Each column is scrollable as needed, and on narrow layouts you can swipe left and right to move between them.

If the command line contains the name of an instrument or light group, only the parameters belonging to that instrument or light group are enabled.

The layout of all parameters, however, remains constant no matter what instruments are selected, active, or patched. The purpose of this is to help you develop a sense of “muscle memory” to aid you in locating the buttons for each parameter. Some buttons may be visible or not, some may be enabled or not, but each button will always be in the same spot (taking into account scrolling, device rotation, and device screen size, of course.)

Recording and Updating Light Cues

QLab Remote provides the same buttons for recording and updating cues as the Light Dashboard does in QLab.

Each button is only enabled when the corresponding action is available.

Revert, Clear all, Jump to cue

These buttons also perform the same function as their QLab counterparts.

Light Instrument Check

The Light Instrument Check tool lets you flip through each lighting instrument and light group in your show in order to ensure that everything is working properly.

Light Instrument Check

When you begin an instrument check, all lights are reset to their home positions. When each instrument is checked, its default parameter is brought to either 100%, 50%, or 10%. You can choose this level using the Setting adjustment on the right side of the screen.

Keyboard Shortcuts

When a hardware keyboard is connected to your iOS device, the following keyboard shortcuts are available:

Command Key
GO space
Panic All escape
Load to time… ⌘T
Toggle active cues display ⌘L
Edit video surfaces ⌘, (comma)
Save ⌘S
Undo ⌘Z
Redo ⇧⌘Z
Disconnect ⌘W


The following features in QLab Remote are available when connected to a specific minimum version of QLab.

QLab 4.0 or newer:

  • Load to Time
  • The Cues Toolbox
  • Long-pressing on cues to reorder them in the cue list
  • Validating audio levels set in QLab Remote against QLab’s Minimum volume limit
  • Editing video surfaces
  • On-screen animations to indicate panicking cues
  • Progress bars in the Active Cues list
  • Assigning targets to Audio and Video cues
  • Adjusting Video cues’ surface assignments
  • Adjusting rotation of Video cues
  • Adjusting absolute/relative mode of Fade cues
  • Activating/deactivating individual audio levels in Fade cues
  • Adjusting Triggers

QLab 4.1 or newer:

  • GO in QLab Remote is covered by workspace double-go protection
  • QLab Remote respects Show/Edit mode

QLab 4.2 or newer:

  • Light Keypad
  • Instrument Check
  • Cues can be deselected in the cue list
  • Override status indicators
  • Adjusting video geometry in Fade cues
  • “Add Command…” button in Light cue inspector

QLab 4.3 or newer:

  • Browsing folder aliases in the File Target document picker of the cue inspector

QLab 4.5 or newer:

  • “Set Levels…” button in the Device & Levels inspector panel
  • “Set Geometry from Target” button in the Geometry panel of Fade cue inspector

QLab 4.6 or newer:

  • Options for Second Triggers in the Triggers inspector panel
  • Display audio output names in the Device & Levels inspector panel

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