class QValidator#

The QValidator class provides validation of input text. More

Inheritance diagram of PySide6.QtGui.QValidator

Inherited by: QRegularExpressionValidator, QIntValidator, QDoubleValidator



Virtual methods#



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Detailed Description#

The class itself is abstract. Two subclasses, QIntValidator and QDoubleValidator , provide basic numeric-range checking, and QRegularExpressionValidator provides general checking using a custom regular expression.

If the built-in validators aren’t sufficient, you can subclass QValidator . The class has two virtual functions: validate() and fixup() .

validate() must be implemented by every subclass. It returns Invalid , Intermediate or Acceptable depending on whether its argument is valid (for the subclass’s definition of valid).

These three states require some explanation. An Invalid string is clearly invalid. Intermediate is less obvious: the concept of validity is difficult to apply when the string is incomplete (still being edited). QValidator defines Intermediate as the property of a string that is neither clearly invalid nor acceptable as a final result. Acceptable means that the string is acceptable as a final result. One might say that any string that is a plausible intermediate state during entry of an Acceptable string is Intermediate .

Here are some examples:

fixup() is provided for validators that can repair some user errors. The default implementation does nothing. QLineEdit, for example, will call fixup() if the user presses Enter (or Return) and the content is not currently valid. This allows the fixup() function the opportunity of performing some magic to make an Invalid string Acceptable .

A validator has a locale, set with setLocale() . It is typically used to parse localized data. For example, QIntValidator and QDoubleValidator use it to parse localized representations of integers and doubles.

QValidator is typically used with QLineEdit, QSpinBox and QComboBox.

class State#

This enum type defines the states in which a validated string can exist.




The string is clearly invalid.


The string is a plausible intermediate value.


The string is acceptable as a final result; i.e. it is valid.



Sets up the validator. The parent parameter is passed on to the QObject constructor.


This signal is emitted when any property that may affect the validity of a string has changed.


arg__1 – str

Return type:


This function attempts to change input to be valid according to this validator’s rules. It need not result in a valid string: callers of this function must re-test afterwards; the default does nothing.

Reimplementations of this function can change input even if they do not produce a valid string. For example, an ISBN validator might want to delete every character except digits and “-”, even if the result is still not a valid ISBN; a surname validator might want to remove whitespace from the start and end of the string, even if the resulting string is not in the list of accepted surnames.

Return type:


Returns the locale for the validator. The locale is by default initialized to the same as QLocale().

See also

setLocale() QLocale()



Sets the locale that will be used for the validator. Unless setLocale has been called, the validator will use the default locale set with QLocale::setDefault(). If a default locale has not been set, it is the operating system’s locale.

abstract validate(arg__1, arg__2)#
  • arg__1 – str

  • arg__2 – int

Return type:


This virtual function returns Invalid if input is invalid according to this validator’s rules, Intermediate if it is likely that a little more editing will make the input acceptable (e.g. the user types “4” into a widget which accepts integers between 10 and 99), and Acceptable if the input is valid.

The function can change both input and pos (the cursor position) if required.