InputPanel QML Type

Provides the virtual keyboard UI. More...

Import Statement: import QtQuick.VirtualKeyboard 2.2




Detailed Description

The keyboard size is automatically calculated from the available width; that is, the keyboard maintains the aspect ratio specified by the current style. Therefore the application should only set the width and y coordinates of the InputPanel, and not the height.

As with all other QML types provided by the module, the QT_IM_MODULE environment variable must be set to qtvirtualkeyboard before using InputPanel. For more information, see Loading the Plugin.

Note: You can have only one InputPanel instance in your application. The panel will not be blocked by modal dialogs, but it can be obscured by items with a higher z value.

Property Documentation

[since QtQuick.VirtualKeyboard 2.0] active : bool

This property reflects the active status of the input panel. The keyboard should be made visible to the user when this property is true.

This property was introduced in QtQuick.VirtualKeyboard 2.0.

[since QtQuick.VirtualKeyboard 2.4] externalLanguageSwitchEnabled : bool

This property enables the external language switch mechanism. When this property is true, the virtual keyboard will not show the built-in language popup, but will emit the externalLanguageSwitch signal instead. The application can handle this signal and show a custom language selection dialog instead.

This property was introduced in QtQuick.VirtualKeyboard 2.4.

Signal Documentation

[since QtQuick.VirtualKeyboard 2.4] externalLanguageSwitch(var localeList, int currentIndex)

This signal is emitted when externalLanguageSwitchEnabled is true and the language switch key is pressed by the user.

It serves as a hook to display a custom language dialog instead of the built-in language popup in the virtual keyboard.

The localeList parameter contains a list of locale names to choose from. To get more information about a particular language, use the Qt.locale() function. The currentIndex is the index of current locale in the localeList. This item should be highlighted as the current item in the UI.

To select a new language, use the VirtualKeyboardSettings.locale property.

Below is an example that demonstrates a custom language dialog implementation:

Dialog {
    id: languageDialog
    title: "Select Input Language"
    modality: Qt.ApplicationModal

    function show(localeList, currentIndex) {
        for (var i = 0; i < localeList.length; i++) {
            languageListModel.append({localeName: localeList[i], displayName: Qt.locale(localeList[i]).nativeLanguageName})
        languageListView.currentIndex = currentIndex
        languageListView.positionViewAtIndex(currentIndex, ListView.Center)
        languageDialog.visible = true

    contentItem: ListView {
        id: languageListView
        model: ListModel {
            id: languageListModel
            function selectItem(index) {
                VirtualKeyboardSettings.locale = languageListModel.get(index).localeName
                languageDialog.visible = false
        delegate: Item {
            id: languageListItem
            width: languageNameTextMetrics.width * 17
            height: languageNameTextMetrics.height + languageListLabel.anchors.topMargin + languageListLabel.anchors.bottomMargin
            Text {
                id: languageListLabel
                anchors.left: parent.left
                anchors.leftMargin: languageNameTextMetrics.height / 2
                anchors.rightMargin: anchors.leftMargin
                anchors.topMargin: languageNameTextMetrics.height / 3
                anchors.bottomMargin: anchors.topMargin
                text: languageNameFormatter.elidedText
                color: "#5CAA15"
                font {
                    weight: Font.Normal
                    pixelSize: 28
            TextMetrics {
                id: languageNameTextMetrics
                font {
                    weight: Font.Normal
                    pixelSize: 28
                text: "X"
            TextMetrics {
                id: languageNameFormatter
                font {
                    weight: Font.Normal
                    pixelSize: 28
                elide: Text.ElideRight
                elideWidth: languageListItem.width - languageListLabel.anchors.leftMargin - languageListLabel.anchors.rightMargin
                text: displayName
            MouseArea {
                anchors.fill: parent
                hoverEnabled: true
                onClicked: {
                    if (index === -1)
                    parent.ListView.view.currentIndex = index
            states: State {
                name: "current"
                when: languageListItem.ListView.isCurrentItem
                PropertyChanges {
                    target: languageListLabel
                    color: "black"

The dialog would then be declared:

LanguageDialog {
    id: languageDialog
    width: 400
    height: 400

In the application's InputPanel, add the following code:

InputPanel {
    id: inputPanel
    externalLanguageSwitchEnabled: true
    onExternalLanguageSwitch:, currentIndex)
    // ...

The custom dialog will now be shown when the language switch key is pressed.

Note: The corresponding handler is onExternalLanguageSwitch.

This signal was introduced in QtQuick.VirtualKeyboard 2.4.

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