The QBasicTimer class provides timer events for objects. More

Inheritance diagram of PySide6.QtCore.QBasicTimer




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Detailed Description#

This is a fast, lightweight, and low-level class used by Qt internally. We recommend using the higher-level QTimer class rather than this class if you want to use timers in your applications. Note that this timer is a repeating timer that will send subsequent timer events unless the stop() function is called.

To use this class, create a QBasicTimer , and call its start() function with a timeout interval and with a pointer to a QObject subclass. When the timer times out it will send a timer event to the QObject subclass. The timer can be stopped at any time using stop() . isActive() returns true for a timer that is running; i.e. it has been started, has not reached the timeout time, and has not been stopped. The timer’s ID can be retrieved using timerId() .

Objects of this class cannot be copied, but can be moved, so you can maintain a list of basic timers by holding them in container that supports move-only types, e.g. std::vector.

The Tetrix example uses QBasicTimer to control the rate at which pieces fall.

class PySide6.QtCore.QBasicTimer#

Constructs a basic timer.

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Returns true if the timer is running and has not been stopped; otherwise returns false.

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start() stop()

PySide6.QtCore.QBasicTimer.start(msec, obj)#

Use chrono overload instead.

PySide6.QtCore.QBasicTimer.start(msec, timerType, obj)

This is an overloaded function.

Use chrono overload instead.


Stops the timer.

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start() isActive()



Swaps the timer other with this timer. This operation is very fast and never fails.

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Returns the timer’s ID.

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