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Drag & drop in QTreeWidget

  • Hello ! :)

    (Sorry for my english)

    I am currently trying to make a drag & drop in a QTreeWidget. So I put the corresponding settings and the method dropEvent :

    class TreeWidget : public QTreeWidget
      virtual void dropEvent(QDropEvent *event) override
        QModelIndex index = indexAt(event->pos());
        if (!index.isValid()) {  // just in case
        QTreeWidgetItem* item = itemFromIndex(index);
        qDebug() << "drop on item" << item->text(0);
    int main()
      TreeWidget *listWidget = new TreeWidget;

    But in my case, I would like to move only parent items. In the code, I get the destination item, but how get dragged item ?

    Have I to overload a drag method ? Launch the drag myself from mousePressEvent ? What is the best way to do ?

    Thanks !

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    @Maluna34 should be what you're looking for.

  • @jsulm Thank you but I can't cast QObject to QTreeWidgetItem. :/

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    @Maluna34 You can (if it is a QTreeWidgetItem). And it is QObject* not QObject.
    Take a look at

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    source() only returns a widget of the same application as the docs clearly say.

    The QTreeWidgetItem data is "encoded" in the drop-data (QMimeData) itself.
    See source of QStandardItemModel::dropMimeData() and QStandardItemModelPrivate::decodeDataRecursive()
    So unfortunately this is not accessible via public API.

  • @raven-worx Thank you ! Indeed, I manage to get the item text with this code :

    virtual void dropEvent(QDropEvent *event) override
            QString format = event->mimeData()->formats().at(0);
            QByteArray data = event->mimeData()->data(format);
            QDataStream stream(&data, QIODevice::ReadOnly);
            int r, c;
            QStandardItem *sitem = new QStandardItem;
            stream >> r >> c >> *sitem;
            qDebug() << r << "-" << c << sitem->text();

    I think it's correct. Maybe it's also possible to get either the depth of the element or get the right type (QTreeWidgetItem).

  • The best way seems to use QDropEvent::source to get the QTreeWidget and use currentItem() on it. :)