Linking a qtDesigner .ui file to python/pyqt?

So if I go into QtDesigner and build a UI, it’ll be saved as a .ui file. How can I make this as a python file or use this in python?

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

Another way to use .ui in your code is:

from PyQt4 import QtCore, QtGui, uic
class MyWidget(QtGui.QWidget)
    #somewhere in constructor:
    uic.loadUi('MyWidget.ui', self)

both approaches are good. Do not forget, that if you use Qt resource files (extremely useful) for icons and so on, you must compile it too:

pyrcc4.exe -o ui/ ui/images/images.qrc

Note, when uic compiles interface, it adds ‘import images_rc’ at the end of .py file, so you must compile resources into the file with this name, or rename it in generated code.

Solution 2

Combining Max’s answer and Shriramana Sharma’s mailing list post, I built a small working example for loading a mywindow.ui file containing a QMainWindow (so just choose to create a Main Window in Qt Designer’s File-New dialog).

This is the code that loads it:

import sys
from PyQt4 import QtGui, uic

class MyWindow(QtGui.QMainWindow):
    def __init__(self):
        super(MyWindow, self).__init__()
        uic.loadUi('mywindow.ui', self)

if __name__ == '__main__':
    app = QtGui.QApplication(sys.argv)
    window = MyWindow()

Solution 3

You need to generate a python file from your ui file with the pyuic tool (site-packages\pyqt4\bin)

pyuic form1.ui >

with pyqt4

pyuic4.bat form1.ui >

Then you can import the form1 into your script.

Solution 4

I found this article very helpful.

I’ll briefly describe the actions to create and change .ui file to .py file, taken from that article.

  1. Start Qt Designer from your start menu.
  2. From “New Form” window, create “Main Window”
  3. From “Display Widgets” towards the bottom of your “Widget Box Menu” on the left hand side
    add a “Label Widget”. (Click Drag and Drop)
  4. Double click on the newly added Label Widget to change its name to “Hello World”
  5. at this point you can use Control + R hotkey to see how it will look.
  6. Add buttons or text or other widgets by drag and drop if you want.
  7. Now save your form.. File->Save As-> “Hello World.ui” (Control + S will also bring up
    the “Save As” option) Keep note of the directory where you saved your “Hello World” .ui
    file. (I saved mine in (C:) for convenience)

The file is created and saved, now we will Generate the Python code from it using pyuic!

  1. From your start menu open a command window.
  2. Now “cd” into the directory where you saved your “Hello World.ui” For me i just had to
    “cd\” and was at my “C:>” prompt, where my “Hello World.ui” was saved to.
  3. When you get to the directory where your file is stored type the following.
  4. pyuic4 -x helloworld.ui -o
  5. Congratulations!! You now have a python Qt4 GUI application!!
  6. Double click your file to run it. ( I use pyscripter and upon double click
    it opens in pyscripter, then i “run” the file from there)

Hope this helps someone.

Solution 5

You can also use uic in PyQt5 with the following code.

from PyQt5 import uic, QtWidgets
import sys

class Ui(QtWidgets.QDialog):
    def __init__(self):
        super(Ui, self).__init__()
        uic.loadUi('SomeUi.ui', self)

if __name__ == '__main__':
    app = QtWidgets.QApplication(sys.argv)
    window = Ui()

Solution 6

The cleaner way in my opinion is to first export to .py as aforementioned:

pyuic4 foo.ui >

And then use it inside your code (e.g, like:

from foo import Ui_MyWindow

class MyWindow(QtGui.QDialog):
    def __init__(self):
        super(MyWindow, self).__init__()

        self.ui = Ui_MyWindow()

        # go on setting up your handlers like:
        # self.ui.okButton.clicked.connect(function_name)
        # etc...

def main():
    app = QtGui.QApplication(sys.argv)
    w = MyWindow()

if __name__ == "__main__":

This way gives the ability to other people who don’t use qt-designer to read the code, and also keeps your functionality code outside that could be overwritten by designer. You just reference ui through MyWindow class as seen above.

Solution 7

You can convert your .ui files to an executable python file using the below command..

pyuic4 -x form1.ui >

Now you can straightaway execute the python file as

python3(whatever version)

You can import this file and you can use it.

Solution 8

you can compile the ui files like this

pyuic4 -x helloworld.ui -o

Solution 9

In order to compile .ui files to .py files, I did:

python form1.ui >


Solution 10

in pyqt5 to convert from a ui file to .py file

pyuic5.exe youruifile.ui -o -x

Solution 11

(November 2020) This worked for me (UBUNTU 20.04):

pyuic5 /home/someuser/Documents/untitled.ui > /home/someuser/Documents/

Solution 12

Using Anaconda3 (September 2018) and QT designer 5.9.5.
In QT designer, save your file as ui.
Open Anaconda prompt. Search for your file: cd C:…. (copy/paste the access path of your file).
Then write: pyuic5 -x helloworld.ui -o (helloworld = name of your file). Enter.
Launch Spyder. Open your file .py.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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