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QListWidget row size with a custom QListWidgetItem

  • Hi!

    Using Qt Designer, I created an Item inheriting class from QWidget, and added a few widgtes.
    Then, again using Qt Designer, I created a MainWindow from QMainWindow, and added a QListWidget object called list, and a QPushButton called pushButton.

    On MainWindow::MainWindow(QWidget *parent), I added to the default code:


    On void MainWindow::on_pushButton_clicked(), I wrote:

    Item *my_item = new Item(this);

    QListWidgetItem * item = new QListWidgetItem();
    item->setSizeHint(QSize(0, 400));

    ui->list->setItemWidget(item, my_item );

    Testing on the Linux Ubuntu running on my notebook, it all goes well, but when I run on my Android Moto G4 cell phone, the Item objects inserted in list are never displayed correctly. Using 400 in setSizeHint makes the widgets to be displayed, but cut at the bottom. Using, say, 100, makes the widgets to be squeezed, impossible to read.

    Does anyone have any idea on how to make it work?


  • Qt Champions 2017

    Does your widget provide a correct values for width(), height() and sizeHint() (which by the way is only a hint)?

  • @kshegunov What would be correct values, if I do not know the size or resolution of the display?

    I mean, the app can run on any cell phone, iPhone models included. I expected the QListWidgetItem to be automatically resized to fit the list, and along with it the Item instance "inside" it. At least that's what I see when it runs on my Ubuntu Linux.

    Am I missing something?


  • Qt Champions 2017

    @canellas said in QListWidget row size with a custom QListWidgetItem:

    What would be correct values, if I do not know the size or resolution of the display?

    How does the display figure here? You need to provide two numbers - width and height - to the layout engine so it know how big to draw the rows and columns of the list widget. You calculate the width and height based on the contents of the widget and/or the size policy that's set. I don't know what widget you're creating so it's hard to say how exactly this should be calculated, but I hope you understand what I meant.

  • @kshegunov The Item class is like this: alt text.

    The width is set to 278, and height to 138. sizePolicy.HorizontalPolicy and sizePolicy.HorizontalPolicy are set to Prefered.

    And this is how the screen looks like in my cell:

    alt text

  • Qt Champions 2017

    You have to upload the images to an external site (e.g
    However, with that size policy you'd get multiple inquiries about the sizes of your widget by Qt so it can calculate the correct size. If it's a fixed size, you need to set the correct policy.

  • @kshegunov

    The Item class
    alt text

    The screen on my cel, with sizePolicy set to Fixed in both dimensions:
    alt text

    And with setSizeHint(QSize(0, 150));

  • Qt Champions 2017

    Okay, wait a bit. So you have a compound widget, does that widget have a layout? If it does you shouldn't need to do anything (even set the hint).

  • @kshegunov Yes, The first TextLabel and the text box by its side are grouped in a horizontal layout, as the Text Label and the text box below, and the whole Item class, sub class of QWidget, has a vertical layout.

    I wonder if the QListWidgetItem, or the list object should, somehow, have a layout defined.

  • Qt Champions 2017

    Hm that's odd. If you have a vertical layout for the widget, I'd set the policy to expanding both directions. Aside from that it might be some peculiarity of the view ... but I haven't encountered it by now.

    I wonder if the QListWidgetItem, or the list object should, somehow, have a layout defined.

    It has a special way of laying out the items (implemented for the view itself).

  • @kshegunov I set the sizePolicy to Expanding in horizontal and vertical dimensions, but the result was the same. I tried to remove the setSizeHint(QSize(0, 150));,and also the setSizeAdjustPolicy(QListWidget::AdjustToContents);, but with the same result.

  • Qt Champions 2017

    It's possible it may be a bug too. Can you prepare a minimal example that reproduces the behaviour? Btw, do you experience this only on the mobile device, when the screen is small?

  • @kshegunov Only in the mobile. When I run on a 14" notebook display, it works as expected, i.e., the row height and width expand and reduce according to the size of the window.

    I have the example ready. Where should I send it to?

    In time, thanks a lot for your time!

  • Qt Champions 2017

    Upload it where it's convenient. I'd try on my machine but I don't have any device on hand, so it might be a very limited test. For now my advice is to wait a bit so our other users can see and possibly offer insight, but you may need to post it (the example and description) as a bugreport. Don't hold your breath of it being fixed though, the widgets module isn't priority ...

  • @kshegunov I uploaded the project to It is a tar.gz file, if you do not mind.

    Well, if it is a bug, that means big trouble to me, as I am using something similar in a customer application.

    Again, thanks for your help and time!

  • Qt Champions 2017

    I took a peek at your code and I have artifacts when resizing the widget. But it's my bad. You can't do this the way you're trying to. Here:

    This function should only be used to display static content in the place of a list widget item. If you want to display custom dynamic content or implement a custom editor widget, use QListView and subclass QItemDelegate instead.

    So what you need to do is to rework your code to use a list view with a delegate.

  • @kshegunov I understand... well, I'll try, once more, to understand views, models and delegates, and how Qt implement them. 8)

    The examples that come with QtCreator do not, as far as I could see, show how to insert in a Q*View a custom class object, and searching the web, I could not find an example either.

    Do you know any link that shows how to implement it? I would not mind to take a few days to do it from scratch on my own, but I do not have a lot of time to fix the app.

    Anyway, thanks a lot!!!

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