Qt Designer for PyQt on OSX 10.6


I liked Qt Designer on Windows so much for making GUIs for Python applications (using PyQt4) that I went and tried to install it on my Mac (under OSX 10.6.6).

At this point, I have successfully installed SIP, Qt4, and PyQt4.

The PyQt binary installers (for Windows) include a version of Qt Designer that works with PyQt. On OSX, there is no binary installer, just source. So no Qt Designer.

The Qt website offers Qt Creator as a download, but as far as I can tell, it requires that you're writing code in C/C++.

Is there a way to make Qt Creator work with PyQt? Or is there another GUI designer for PyQt that works on a Mac?

Thanks! -Wesley

2/18/2011 5:14:32 PM

Accepted Answer

If you've installed Qt4, then you have Qt Designer. If you used the installer from qt.nokia.com, it should be in /Developer/Applications/Qt.

Qt Designer itself works just fine with PyQt. Qt designer just spits out XML describing the UI structure. If you were using standard Qt with C++, you would have to run the uic tool to generate C++ from the .ui files. Likewise, with PyQt4, you must run pyuic4 on the generated .ui file to create python source from it.

If you're looking for a full IDE solution that handles all of this with PyQt automatically, I'm unaware of the existence of one. I just have a build_helper.py script that processes all of my .ui files and places them in the appropriate place in the python package I'm developing. I run the build helper script before running the actual main program to ensure that the generated code is up to date.

All of my .ui files go into a subfolder ui in the project root. The script then creates python source and places it into 'myapp/ui/generated'.

For example:

import os.path
from PyQt4 import uic

generated_ui_output = 'myapp/ui/generated'

def process_ui_files():
    ui_files = (glob.glob('ui/*.ui'),
    for f in ui_files:
        out_filename = (
                    os.path.basename(f))[0].replace(' ', '')+'.py')
        out_file = open(out_filename, 'w')
        uic.compileUi(f, out_file)

if __name__ == '__main__':

I also have a few other functions in there for running pyrcc4 for resource compilation and pylupdate4 and lrelease to generate translations.

2/21/2011 6:01:19 PM

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