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QTreeview filtering search

  • I'm a bit new to the C++ Qt combo. I have a more solid background in C# and WPF. I want to create a treeview with filtering. The filtering would remove top level items which don't contain children that match the filter string. Below demonstrates how the results would work when a filter is used.

    • Sports
      |____ Soccer
      |____ Basketball
      |____ Football
      |____ Tennis
    • Teams
      |____ Cowboys
      |____ Packers
      |____ Lions
      |____ Tennessee
    • Players
      |____ Ronald
      |____ Warner
      |____ Robinson

    If i then searched with a filter string of 'Ten' It would result in this...

    • Sports
      |____ Tennis
    • Teams
      |____ Tennessee

    My question may seem simple, but how can i go about doing this? Creating a simple sample like this using QtCreator. I've added my QTreeView but I'm not entirely clear on how to populate it with dummy data and then filter it.

  • @JokerMartini
    Maybe you should have a look at the QSortFilterProxyModel Class.

  • Just subclass QSortFilterProxyModel

    // MySorter.h
    #include <QSortFilterProxyModel>
    class MySorter: public QSortFilterProxyModel
        MySorter(QObject *parent);
        virtual bool filterAcceptsRow(int source_row, const QModelIndex & source_parent) const override;
    // MySorter.cpp
    #include "MySorter.h"
    MySorter::MySorter(QObject *parent) : QSortFilterProxyModel(parent){}
    bool MySorter::filterAcceptsRow(int source_row, const QModelIndex & source_parent) const
         // check the current item
         bool result = QSortFilterProxyModel::filterAcceptsRow(source,source_parent);
        QModelIndex currntIndex = sourceModel()->index(source_row, 0, source_parent);
        if (sourceModel()->hasChildren(currntIndex)) {
    // if it has sub items
            for (int i = 0; i < sourceModel()->rowCount(currntIndex) && !result; ++i) {
    // keep the parent if a children is shown
                result = result || filterAcceptsRow(i, currntIndex);
        return result;

  • This example helped me a lot, I implemented it in python. Hereby the corresponding code:

    class FilterProxyModel(QtCore.QSortFilterProxyModel):
        def __index__(self):
            super(FilterProxyModel, self).__index__(self)
        def filterAcceptsRow(self, p_int, QModelIndex):
            res = super(FilterProxyModel, self).filterAcceptsRow(p_int, QModelIndex )
            idx = self.sourceModel().index(p_int,0,QModelIndex)
            if self.sourceModel().hasChildren(idx):
                num_items = self.sourceModel().rowCount(idx)
                for i in xrange(num_items):
                    res = res or self.filterAcceptsRow(i, idx)
            return res

    I hope it helps someone els

  • Moderators

    since Qt 5.10 there is a recursiveFilteringEnabled property on a QSortFilterProxyModel, which does exactly this.