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Get QModelIndex from Treeview rowDelegate

  • Hi everybody
    The rowDelegate of treeview only allow me to access styleData.row, which is not enough since i need to draw row base on item's other attribute too

    So, by any chance, can i get it? Thanks :)

  • Moderators

    @illunara You can call index directly using the model's instance and you already have row and column to pass it to. Eg. here.

  • @p3c0 Hi p3c0, it's good to see you again :)

    I tried the index(row, column, parentIndex) already. Indeed ,it returns a QModelIndex of the first level item, but not working with child item. We already talked about this on other topic, without QModelIndex, we can't get the item from treeview.

    I also read the post you recommend, but still not finger out how to do it.Am i missing something?

  • Moderators

    @illunara You can make use of a little bit C++ side code in this case. Create a Q_INVOKABLE function which will accept the row. Then you can get the children of that particular top level item and then return their index's.

  • @p3c0 Yeah, that's the problem. how can i get the parent level item?
    With tableview or listview, this can get done easily since it has only one level, treeview is difference :(

  • Moderators

    @illunara styleData.row gives you the row. Using it get the model index for top level item.

  • @p3c0 But if the item is not child of top, but sub-level. I will get an error O_O

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    @illunara The only way is to iterate and find children of the top level item and then children of these children and so on.

  • @p3c0 Can we access to the current component of rowDelegate?
    Like that, we can create a work-around using itemDelegate?

  • Moderators

    @illunara Afaik getting data through model instead of delegate is the recommended way. Didn't it work through model ?

  • @p3c0 The only thing i have frow rowDelegate is row number, i can't get model data just with that (Except on the top level)

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    @illunara Why not ? For eg. following code gives you QModelIndex's of all top level item.

    var top = [];
    for (var i = 0; i < myModel.rowCount(); ++i ) {
        top[i] = myModel.index( i, 0 );

    Once you get the top level you can get their children. It would be better if you do the same on the C++ side as I think getting children should be lot more easier there.

  • @p3c0 Well, because i want to draw the row's color base on item data's attribute. Say :
    I have a field in the item which tell me if data had been changed or not, if yes, then set the row's color to blue. But i can't access to its data with only row number of rowDelegate

    If i have QModelIndex i can do it normally with


    Here my my rowDelegate code for TableView btw

     rowDelegate : Rectangle {
        color : (model.get(styleData.row, "DataChanged")  ? "#000000" : "#ffffff"


  • Moderators

    @illunara Try making use of dataChanged signal. I hope you do that in model when you update the data. Then on QML side you can use Connections to listen to the signal keeping the model as target. When the signal is emitted the corresponding handler will be invoked which will return the model indexes which were updated. Once you get those indexes getting its value(data) should be easier IMO. I haven't tried it myself but seems workable.

  • @p3c0 Still, without access to the rowDelegate component, even if i have modelIndex of the item, nothing can be done.

    And i think the rowDelegate invoke got invoked before emit dataChanged signal.
    Maybe we should left it at here, i will think another way to handle this.
    Thank you so much for helping me :)

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    @illunara I think it can be done. Once you get the model index you just have to request the new data (since binding to rolename doesn't work). Something like this inside rowDelegate :

    Connections {
        target: dataModel
        onDataChanged: {
            var index = topLeft
    function update(modelIndex) {
        var value =, dataModel.getRoleKey("SomeRole"))
        //SomeRole is the role defined model which reflects the data you require. 
        color = value

    getRoleKey function is explained here.

  • @p3c0 Nice idea, but this approach have one problem
    Whenever a dataChanged emit, every row will get updated. Which mean, we need data to compare and find out which row, that data belong to.

    Only thing we have is styleData.row and its not enough for a complicate model. And unfortunately, we can't access to it when call the update() method either. The value is undefined (ofc, I put it inside rowDelegate)

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    Whenever a dataChanged emit, every row will get updated. Which mean, we need data to compare and find out which row, that data belong to.

    Yes. You just need to add a simple condition before calling function update

    var index = topLeft

  • @p3c0
    | ---- Item A // Row 1
    |#####|---------- Item B // Row2 (Expected Row 1)
    |#####|---------- Item C // Row3 (Expected Row 2)
    | ---- Item D //Row4 (Exoected Row 2)

    styleData.row is relative only to rootItem. That's why this method will not work

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