I was wondering if there is a way to compose a program with multiple quantum circuits without having the register reinitialized at $0$ for each circuit.

Specifically, I would like run a second quantum circuit after running the first one, as in this example:

qp = QuantumProgram()
qr = qp.create_quantum_register('qr',2)
cr = qp.create_classical_register('cr',2)

qc1 = qp.create_circuit('B1',[qr],[cr])

qc1.measure(qr[0], cr[0])
qc1.measure(qr[1], cr[1])

qc2 = qp.create_circuit('B2', [qr], [cr])
qc2.measure(qr[0], cr[0])
qc2.measure(qr[1], cr[1])

#qp.add_circuit('B1', qc1)
#qp.add_circuit('B2', qc2)


result = qp.execute()


Unfortunately, what I get is the same result for the two runs (i.e. a count of 11 for the B1 and B2 instead of 11 and 00 for the second, as if B2 is run on a completely new state initialized on 00 after B1.

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    $\begingroup$ So could I understand it as you wanting one long circuit composed of multiple parts, and you want to be able to see the output after each part? $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 6, 2018 at 6:37
  • $\begingroup$ yes. Imagine I have a code base that gives me circuits, and I want to be able to compose them as a puzzle :) $\endgroup$
    – asdf
    Commented Jun 6, 2018 at 11:47
  • $\begingroup$ (the measure is there just to show you that is not the expected behavior) $\endgroup$
    – asdf
    Commented Jun 6, 2018 at 11:48

2 Answers 2


In Qiskit you can compose two circuits to make a bigger circuit. You can do this simply by using the + operator on the circuits.

Here is your program rewritten to illustrate this (note: you need the latest version of Qiskit for this, upgrade with pip install -U qiskit).

from qiskit import *
qr = QuantumRegister(2)
cr = ClassicalRegister(2)
qc1 = QuantumCircuit(qr, cr)

qc2 = QuantumCircuit(qr, cr)

qc3 = qc1 + qc2

You can see that qc3 is a concatenation of q1 and q2.



include "qelib1.inc";
qreg q0[2];
creg c0[2];
x q0[0];
x q0[1];
x q0[0];
x q0[1];

Now, you seem to want to probe the state twice: once where qc1 ends, and once when qc2 ends. You can do this in a simulator by inserting snapshot commands. This will save the statevector at a given point in the circuit. It does not collapse the state.

from qiskit.extensions.simulator import *
qc1.snapshot('0')    # save the snapshot in slot "0"
qc2.snapshot('1')    # save the snapshot in slot "1"
qc2.measure(qr, cr)  # measure to get final counts

qc3 = qc1 + qc2

You can now execute qc3 on a simulator.

job = execute(qc3, 'local_qasm_simulator')
result = job.result()

Yields: [0.+0.j 0.+0.j 0.+0.j 1.+0.j] [1.+0.j 0.+0.j 0.+0.j 0.+0.j] {'00': 1024}

So the state goes back to |00> as expected.

  • $\begingroup$ snapshot only works on the simulator and not on the real thing, right? (no cloning thingy) $\endgroup$
    – lalala
    Commented Jan 2, 2021 at 20:51

Once you do a measurement, the wavefunction of the quantum state/register collapses and it loses its quantum nature. It doesn't make sense to apply another circuit on it.

  • $\begingroup$ Sure sure, but if I remove the measure, I would expect to get 00, while I get 1. The measure is just to show that I want to start the second circuit with the qubits initialized to 11. $\endgroup$
    – asdf
    Commented Jun 5, 2018 at 22:36
  • $\begingroup$ Indeed I want my wavefunction to collapse in quantum state and not 00 if you want it put in that way... $\endgroup$
    – asdf
    Commented Jun 5, 2018 at 22:37
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    $\begingroup$ @Vidya I understand that it collapses but I don't agree it would not make sense to apply another circuit on the collapsed output of a previous circuit. $\endgroup$
    – JanVdA
    Commented Jun 6, 2018 at 6:09

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