Position a QGraphicsItem by its center point (not top left corner)

  •     def setPos(self, pos):
            rect = self.boundingRect()
            offset = rect.center()
            super().setPos(pos - offset)

    This code gets called but has no effect (does same thing as without it)

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    I don't know python that much but setPos is not virtual in C++ (when called on a pointer to base class the base will be called).

    Instead of doing this manually use setTransformOriginPoint() to set the transform origin to the center and then use the usual setPos() without offset.

  • I tried setTransformationOriginPoint, I'll try it again mixed with this solution that does work:

        def __init__(self, text):
            self.button = PushButton(text)
            self.setFlags(self.ItemIsFocusable | self.ItemIsMovable | self.ItemIsSelectable| self.ItemSendsGeometryChanges)
            proxy = QGraphicsProxyWidget(parent=self)
            w = self.button.width()
            h = self.button.height()
            proxy.setPos(-w/2, -h/2)
        def boundingRect(self):
            w = self.button.width()
            h = self.button.height()
            rect = QRectF(-w/2, -h/2, w, h)

    Note that I set the position of the child that determines this QGraphicsObject's size, as well as translated the boundingRect.

  • @Chris-Kawa

    Hi, not sure if I am best off replying here or creating a new thread but this is what comes up when Googling for the problem so I thought I'd reply to this first.

    I am trying like the original question to position an item via its center point rather than the top left point as is default unfortunately your suggestion does not work? I set the transform point to boundingRect.center() I then call setPos but it is still positioned by the top left corner of the item. Any ideas?


  • Hi,

    Instead of

    offset = rect.center();
    super().setPos(pos - offset);

    I feel like it should be:

    offset = pos-rect.center();
    super().moveBy(offset.rx, offset.ry);

  • @Andeol Seems like that is what I wanted, I would guess this is what the original poster wanted too. Cheers!

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