QGraphicsProxyWidget Class

The QGraphicsProxyWidget class provides a proxy layer for embedding a QWidget in a QGraphicsScene. More...

Header: #include <QGraphicsProxyWidget>
CMake: find_package(Qt6 COMPONENTS Widgets REQUIRED)
target_link_libraries(mytarget PRIVATE Qt6::Widgets)
qmake: QT += widgets
Inherits: QGraphicsWidget

Public Types

enum anonymous { Type }

Public Functions

QGraphicsProxyWidget(QGraphicsItem *parent = nullptr, Qt::WindowFlags wFlags = Qt::WindowFlags())
virtual ~QGraphicsProxyWidget()
QGraphicsProxyWidget *createProxyForChildWidget(QWidget *child)
void setWidget(QWidget *widget)
QRectF subWidgetRect(const QWidget *widget) const
QWidget *widget() const

Reimplemented Public Functions

virtual void paint(QPainter *painter, const QStyleOptionGraphicsItem *option, QWidget *widget) override
virtual void setGeometry(const QRectF &rect) override
virtual int type() const override

Reimplemented Protected Functions

virtual void contextMenuEvent(QGraphicsSceneContextMenuEvent *event) override
virtual void dragEnterEvent(QGraphicsSceneDragDropEvent *event) override
virtual void dragLeaveEvent(QGraphicsSceneDragDropEvent *event) override
virtual void dragMoveEvent(QGraphicsSceneDragDropEvent *event) override
virtual void dropEvent(QGraphicsSceneDragDropEvent *event) override
virtual bool event(QEvent *event) override
virtual bool eventFilter(QObject *object, QEvent *event) override
virtual void focusInEvent(QFocusEvent *event) override
virtual bool focusNextPrevChild(bool next) override
virtual void focusOutEvent(QFocusEvent *event) override
virtual void grabMouseEvent(QEvent *event) override
virtual void hideEvent(QHideEvent *event) override
virtual void hoverEnterEvent(QGraphicsSceneHoverEvent *event) override
virtual void hoverLeaveEvent(QGraphicsSceneHoverEvent *event) override
virtual void hoverMoveEvent(QGraphicsSceneHoverEvent *event) override
virtual void inputMethodEvent(QInputMethodEvent *event) override
virtual QVariant inputMethodQuery(Qt::InputMethodQuery query) const override
virtual QVariant itemChange(QGraphicsItem::GraphicsItemChange change, const QVariant &value) override
virtual void keyPressEvent(QKeyEvent *event) override
virtual void keyReleaseEvent(QKeyEvent *event) override
virtual void mouseDoubleClickEvent(QGraphicsSceneMouseEvent *event) override
virtual void mouseMoveEvent(QGraphicsSceneMouseEvent *event) override
virtual void mousePressEvent(QGraphicsSceneMouseEvent *event) override
virtual void mouseReleaseEvent(QGraphicsSceneMouseEvent *event) override
virtual void resizeEvent(QGraphicsSceneResizeEvent *event) override
virtual void showEvent(QShowEvent *event) override
virtual QSizeF sizeHint(Qt::SizeHint which, const QSizeF &constraint = QSizeF()) const override
virtual void ungrabMouseEvent(QEvent *event) override
virtual void wheelEvent(QGraphicsSceneWheelEvent *event) override

Protected Slots

QGraphicsProxyWidget *newProxyWidget(const QWidget *child)

Detailed Description

QGraphicsProxyWidget embeds QWidget-based widgets, for example, a QPushButton, QFontComboBox, or even QFileDialog, into QGraphicsScene. It forwards events between the two objects and translates between QWidget's integer-based geometry and QGraphicsWidget's qreal-based geometry. QGraphicsProxyWidget supports all core features of QWidget, including tab focus, keyboard input, Drag & Drop, and popups. You can also embed complex widgets, e.g., widgets with subwidgets.


int main(int argc, char **argv)
    QApplication app(argc, argv);

    QTabWidget *tabWidget = new QTabWidget;

    QGraphicsScene scene;
    QGraphicsProxyWidget *proxy = scene.addWidget(tabWidget);

    QGraphicsView view(&scene);

    return app.exec();

QGraphicsProxyWidget takes care of automatically embedding popup children of embedded widgets through creating a child proxy for each popup. This means that when an embedded QComboBox shows its popup list, a new QGraphicsProxyWidget is created automatically, embedding the popup, and positioning it correctly. This only works if the popup is child of the embedded widget (for example QToolButton::setMenu() requires the QMenu instance to be child of the QToolButton).

Embedding a Widget with QGraphicsProxyWidget

There are two ways to embed a widget using QGraphicsProxyWidget. The most common way is to pass a widget pointer to QGraphicsScene::addWidget() together with any relevant Qt::WindowFlags. This function returns a pointer to a QGraphicsProxyWidget. You can then choose to reparent or position either the proxy, or the embedded widget itself.

For example, in the code snippet below, we embed a group box into the proxy:

QGroupBox *groupBox = new QGroupBox("Contact Details");
QLabel *numberLabel = new QLabel("Telephone number");
QLineEdit *numberEdit = new QLineEdit;

QFormLayout *layout = new QFormLayout;
layout->addRow(numberLabel, numberEdit);

QGraphicsScene scene;
QGraphicsProxyWidget *proxy = scene.addWidget(groupBox);

QGraphicsView view(&scene);

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Alternatively, you can start by creating a new QGraphicsProxyWidget item, and then call setWidget() to embed a QWidget later. The widget() function returns a pointer to the embedded widget. QGraphicsProxyWidget shares ownership with QWidget, so if either of the two widgets are destroyed, the other widget will be automatically destroyed as well.

Synchronizing Widget States

QGraphicsProxyWidget keeps its state in sync with the embedded widget. For example, if the proxy is hidden or disabled, the embedded widget will be hidden or disabled as well, and vice versa. When the widget is embedded by calling addWidget(), QGraphicsProxyWidget copies the state from the widget into the proxy, and after that, the two will stay synchronized where possible. By default, when you embed a widget into a proxy, both the widget and the proxy will be visible because a QGraphicsWidget is visible when created (you do not have to call show()). If you explicitly hide the embedded widget, the proxy will also become invisible.


QGraphicsScene scene;

QLineEdit *edit = new QLineEdit;
QGraphicsProxyWidget *proxy = scene.addWidget(edit);

edit->isVisible();  // returns true
proxy->isVisible(); // also returns true


edit->isVisible();  // returns false
proxy->isVisible(); // also returns false

QGraphicsProxyWidget maintains symmetry for the following states:

QWidget stateQGraphicsProxyWidget stateNotes
QWidget::visibleQGraphicsProxyWidget::visibleThe explicit state is also symmetric.
QWidget::geometryQGraphicsProxyWidget::geometryGeometry is only guaranteed to be symmetric while the embedded widget is visible.
QWidget::cursorQGraphicsProxyWidget::cursorThe embedded widget overrides the proxy widget cursor. The proxy cursor changes depending on which embedded subwidget is currently under the mouse.
QWidget::sizeHint()QGraphicsProxyWidget::sizeHint()All size hint functionality from the embedded widget is forwarded by the proxy.
QWidget::getContentsMargins()QGraphicsProxyWidget::getContentsMargins()Updated once by setWidget().
QWidget::windowTitleQGraphicsProxyWidget::windowTitleUpdated once by setWidget().

Note: QGraphicsScene keeps the embedded widget in a special state that prevents it from disturbing other widgets (both embedded and not embedded) while the widget is embedded. In this state, the widget may differ slightly in behavior from when it is not embedded.

Warning: This class is provided for convenience when bridging QWidgets and QGraphicsItems, it should not be used for high-performance scenarios. In particular, embedding widgets into a scene that is then displayed through a QGraphicsView that uses an OpenGL viewport will not work for all combinations.

See also QGraphicsScene::addWidget() and QGraphicsWidget.

Member Type Documentation

enum QGraphicsProxyWidget::anonymous

The value returned by the virtual type() function.

QGraphicsProxyWidget::Type12A graphics proxy widget

Member Function Documentation

QGraphicsProxyWidget::QGraphicsProxyWidget(QGraphicsItem *parent = nullptr, Qt::WindowFlags wFlags = Qt::WindowFlags())

Constructs a new QGraphicsProxy widget. parent and wFlags are passed to QGraphicsItem's constructor.

[protected slot] QGraphicsProxyWidget *QGraphicsProxyWidget::newProxyWidget(const QWidget *child)

Creates a proxy widget for the given child of the widget contained in this proxy.

You should not call this function directly; use QGraphicsProxyWidget::createProxyForChildWidget() instead.

This function is a fake virtual slot that you can reimplement in your subclass in order to control how new proxy widgets are created. The default implementation returns a proxy created with the QGraphicsProxyWidget() constructor with this proxy widget as the parent.

See also createProxyForChildWidget().

[virtual] QGraphicsProxyWidget::~QGraphicsProxyWidget()

Destroys the proxy widget and any embedded widget.

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::contextMenuEvent(QGraphicsSceneContextMenuEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsItem::contextMenuEvent(QGraphicsSceneContextMenuEvent *event).

QGraphicsProxyWidget *QGraphicsProxyWidget::createProxyForChildWidget(QWidget *child)

Creates a proxy widget for the given child of the widget contained in this proxy.

This function makes it possible to acquire proxies for non top-level widgets. For instance, you can embed a dialog, and then transform only one of its widgets.

If the widget is already embedded, return the existing proxy widget.

See also newProxyWidget() and QGraphicsScene::addWidget().

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::dragEnterEvent(QGraphicsSceneDragDropEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsItem::dragEnterEvent(QGraphicsSceneDragDropEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::dragLeaveEvent(QGraphicsSceneDragDropEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsItem::dragLeaveEvent(QGraphicsSceneDragDropEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::dragMoveEvent(QGraphicsSceneDragDropEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsItem::dragMoveEvent(QGraphicsSceneDragDropEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::dropEvent(QGraphicsSceneDragDropEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsItem::dropEvent(QGraphicsSceneDragDropEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] bool QGraphicsProxyWidget::event(QEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsWidget::event(QEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] bool QGraphicsProxyWidget::eventFilter(QObject *object, QEvent *event)

Reimplements: QObject::eventFilter(QObject *watched, QEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::focusInEvent(QFocusEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsWidget::focusInEvent(QFocusEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] bool QGraphicsProxyWidget::focusNextPrevChild(bool next)

Reimplements: QGraphicsWidget::focusNextPrevChild(bool next).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::focusOutEvent(QFocusEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsWidget::focusOutEvent(QFocusEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::grabMouseEvent(QEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsWidget::grabMouseEvent(QEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::hideEvent(QHideEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsWidget::hideEvent(QHideEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::hoverEnterEvent(QGraphicsSceneHoverEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsItem::hoverEnterEvent(QGraphicsSceneHoverEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::hoverLeaveEvent(QGraphicsSceneHoverEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsWidget::hoverLeaveEvent(QGraphicsSceneHoverEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::hoverMoveEvent(QGraphicsSceneHoverEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsWidget::hoverMoveEvent(QGraphicsSceneHoverEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::inputMethodEvent(QInputMethodEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsItem::inputMethodEvent(QInputMethodEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] QVariant QGraphicsProxyWidget::inputMethodQuery(Qt::InputMethodQuery query) const

Reimplements: QGraphicsItem::inputMethodQuery(Qt::InputMethodQuery query) const.

[override virtual protected] QVariant QGraphicsProxyWidget::itemChange(QGraphicsItem::GraphicsItemChange change, const QVariant &value)

Reimplements: QGraphicsWidget::itemChange(QGraphicsItem::GraphicsItemChange change, const QVariant &value).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::keyPressEvent(QKeyEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsItem::keyPressEvent(QKeyEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::keyReleaseEvent(QKeyEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsItem::keyReleaseEvent(QKeyEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::mouseDoubleClickEvent(QGraphicsSceneMouseEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsItem::mouseDoubleClickEvent(QGraphicsSceneMouseEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::mouseMoveEvent(QGraphicsSceneMouseEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsItem::mouseMoveEvent(QGraphicsSceneMouseEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::mousePressEvent(QGraphicsSceneMouseEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsItem::mousePressEvent(QGraphicsSceneMouseEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::mouseReleaseEvent(QGraphicsSceneMouseEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsItem::mouseReleaseEvent(QGraphicsSceneMouseEvent *event).

[override virtual] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::paint(QPainter *painter, const QStyleOptionGraphicsItem *option, QWidget *widget)

Reimplements: QGraphicsWidget::paint(QPainter *painter, const QStyleOptionGraphicsItem *option, QWidget *widget).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::resizeEvent(QGraphicsSceneResizeEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsWidget::resizeEvent(QGraphicsSceneResizeEvent *event).

[override virtual] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::setGeometry(const QRectF &rect)

Reimplements: QGraphicsLayoutItem::setGeometry(const QRectF &rect).

void QGraphicsProxyWidget::setWidget(QWidget *widget)

Embeds widget into this proxy widget. The embedded widget must reside exclusively either inside or outside of Graphics View. You cannot embed a widget as long as it is is visible elsewhere in the UI, at the same time.

widget must be a top-level widget whose parent is nullptr.

When the widget is embedded, its state (e.g., visible, enabled, geometry, size hints) is copied into the proxy widget. If the embedded widget is explicitly hidden or disabled, the proxy widget will become explicitly hidden or disabled after embedding is complete. The class documentation has a full overview over the shared state.

QGraphicsProxyWidget's window flags determine whether the widget, after embedding, will be given window decorations or not.

After this function returns, QGraphicsProxyWidget will keep its state synchronized with that of widget whenever possible.

If a widget is already embedded by this proxy when this function is called, that widget will first be automatically unembedded. Passing nullptr for the widget argument will only unembed the widget, and the ownership of the currently embedded widget will be passed on to the caller. Every child widget that are embedded will also be embedded and their proxy widget destroyed.

Note that widgets with the Qt::WA_PaintOnScreen widget attribute set and widgets that wrap an external application or controller cannot be embedded. Examples are QOpenGLWidget and QAxWidget.

See also widget().

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::showEvent(QShowEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsWidget::showEvent(QShowEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] QSizeF QGraphicsProxyWidget::sizeHint(Qt::SizeHint which, const QSizeF &constraint = QSizeF()) const

Reimplements: QGraphicsWidget::sizeHint(Qt::SizeHint which, const QSizeF &constraint) const.

QRectF QGraphicsProxyWidget::subWidgetRect(const QWidget *widget) const

Returns the rectangle for widget, which must be a descendant of widget(), or widget() itself, in this proxy item's local coordinates.

If no widget is embedded, widget is nullptr, or widget is not a descendant of the embedded widget, this function returns an empty QRectF.

See also widget().

[override virtual] int QGraphicsProxyWidget::type() const

Reimplements: QGraphicsWidget::type() const.

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::ungrabMouseEvent(QEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsWidget::ungrabMouseEvent(QEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QGraphicsProxyWidget::wheelEvent(QGraphicsSceneWheelEvent *event)

Reimplements: QGraphicsItem::wheelEvent(QGraphicsSceneWheelEvent *event).

QWidget *QGraphicsProxyWidget::widget() const

Returns a pointer to the embedded widget.

See also setWidget().

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