Introduction to PyQt5
This is an introductory PyQt5 tutorial. The purpose of this tutorial is to get you started with the PyQt5 toolkit. The tutorial has been created and tested on Linux. PyQt4 tutorial covers PyQt4, which is a blending of the Python language (2.x and 3.x) to the Qt4 library.
PyQt5 is a set of Python bindings for Qt5 application framework from Digia. It is available for the Python 2.x and 3.x. This tutorial uses Python 3. Qt library is one of the most powerful GUI libraries. The official home site for PyQt5 is www.riverbankcomputing.co.uk/news. PyQt5 is developed by Riverbank Computing.
PyQt5 is implemented as a set of Python modules. It has over 620 classes and 6000 functions and methods. It is a multiplatform toolkit which runs on all major operating systems, including Unix, Windows, and Mac OS. PyQt5 is dual licensed. Developers can choose between a GPL and a commercial license.
PyQt5's classes are divided into several modules, including the following:
QtCore module contains the core non GUI functionality. This
module is used for working with time, files and directories, various data
types, streams, URLs, mime types, threads or processes.
QtGui contains classes for windowing system integration, event handling,
2D graphics, basic imaging, fonts and text. The
QtWidgets module contains classes
that provide a set of UI elements to create classic desktop-style user interfaces.
QtMultimedia contains classes to handle multimedia content and APIs to
access camera and radio functionality.
QtBluetooth module contains classes to scan for devices and connect and interact with them.
QtNetwork module contains the classes for
network programming. These classes facilitate the coding of TCP/IP and UDP clients and
servers by making the network programming easier and more portable.
QtPositioning contains classes to determine a position by using a variety
of possible sources, including satellite, Wi-Fi, or a text file.
Enginio module implements the client-side library for accessing the Qt
Cloud Services Managed Application Runtime.
QtWebSockets module contains classes that implement the
QtWebKit contains classes for a web browser implementation based
on the WebKit2 library.
QtWebKitWidgets contains classes for a WebKit1 based implementation
of a web browser for use in
QtWidgets based applications.
QtXml contains classes for working with XML files. This module
provides implementation for both SAX and DOM APIs.
QtSvg module provides classes for displaying the contents of
SVG files. Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a language for describing
two-dimensional graphics and graphical applications in XML.
QtSql module provides classes for working with databases.
QtTest contains functions that enable unit testing of PyQt5 applications.
PyQt4 and PyQt5 differences
The PyQt5 is not backward compatible with PyQt4; there are several significant changes in PyQt5. However, it is not very difficult to adjust older code to the new library. The differences are, among others, the following:
Python modules have been reorganized. Some modules have been dropped (
QtScript), others have been split into submodules (
New modules have been introduced, including
- PyQt5 supports only the new-style signal and slots handlig. The calls to
SLOT()are no longer supported.
- PyQt5 does not support any parts of the Qt API that are marked as deprecated or obsolete in Qt v5.0.
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This tutorial uses Python 3.x version.
Python programming language supports several programming styles. It does not force a programmer to a specific paradigm. Python supports object-oriented and procedural programming. There is also a limited support for functional programming.
The official web site for the Python programming language is python.org
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This chapter was an introduction to PyQt5 toolkit.