[PySide] Newbie with a not so newbie question

Zak pyside at m.allo.ws
Fri Dec 21 22:01:19 CET 2012

Hello David,

To create a popup window with a complex layout, you should create a 
custom Python class which inherits from QWidget and has the QLayout and 
widgets that you want. You cannot use a plain unmodified QInputDialog 
because it is too simple, you need to create a custom class to represent 
the popup window. In the code below, class MainWindow is the main window 
and class PopupWindow is the popup, and both inherit from QDialog.

This is a full working example:

# Example of how to make a popup window (second window) with complex layout.
# By Zak Fallows
# 2012-12-21

import sys
import os
from PySide.QtCore import *
from PySide.QtGui import *

class MainWindow(QDialog):

     def __init__(self, parent=None):
         super(MainWindow, self).__init__(parent)

         self.setWindowTitle("Main Window")

         self.top_label = QLabel("Middle of main window")

         self.bottom_button = QPushButton("Add Name")

         layout = QVBoxLayout()

         self.connect(self.bottom_button, SIGNAL("clicked()"),

     def button_clicked(self):
         self.popup_window = PopupWindow(self)

class PopupWindow(QDialog):

     def __init__(self, parent=None):
         super(PopupWindow, self).__init__(parent)

         self.setWindowTitle("Popup Window")
         layout = QGridLayout()

         line1 = QLabel("What is your first name?")
         layout.addWidget(line1, 0, 0)
         self.line1_edit = QLineEdit()
         layout.addWidget(self.line1_edit, 0, 1)

         line2 = QLabel("What is your occupation?")
         layout.addWidget(line2, 1, 0)
         self.line2_edit = QLineEdit()
         layout.addWidget(self.line2_edit, 1, 1)

         line3 = QLabel("How many years have you had this job?")
         layout.addWidget(line3, 2, 0)
         self.line3_edit = QLineEdit()
         layout.addWidget(self.line3_edit, 2, 1)

         line4 = QLabel("Do you want email?")
         layout.addWidget(line4, 3, 0)
         self.line4_checkbox = QCheckBox()
         layout.addWidget(self.line4_checkbox, 3, 1)


app = QApplication(sys.argv)

main_window = MainWindow()
main_window.resize(400, 400)
# The .raise_() brings the window to the foreground, in front of other 


Good luck,

Zak F.

On 12/21/12 3:00 PM, litltbear at gmail.com wrote:
> Sorry in advance, this is all very new to me.
> I'm working with Windows 7, Python 2.6, PySide 1.1.0 and QT Creator 2.4.1.
> I acquired a project where the GUI was written in QT Creator, it is a 
> glorified NotePad/Editor.
> It has a text menu and an icon menu.
> So here is the question:
>      How do I click on an icon and get a window to pop up with 
> multiple questions, asked of the user?
>  I have been able to click an icon and use QInputDialog to get a popup 
> and give a single question or multiple popup's one after the other 
> with a single question, but I can't figure out how to get a single 
> window to popup with multiple questions.
> i.e.  Click Add Name
>     What is you first name: *input text*
>     What is you occupation?: *input text*
>     How many years have you been at this job?: *input text*
>     Check box if you want email: *check box*
> David
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