panofish panofish - 1 month ago 25
Python Question

QThread updating UI statusbar?

I have a simple pyqt gui which creates a qthread to open a file and read some information. I want to update the statusbar of my gui. Normally, this would be my function call to update a message on the statusbar:

class gui1(QtGui.QMainWindow):

def __init__(self, parent=None):

super(gui1, self).__init__(parent)
self.statusBar().showMessage("hello world")
...
# create thread here
self.mythread = WorkThread(text) # create instance and pass some text

self.mythread.finished.connect(self.threadDone) # signal emitted on finish of thread
self.mythread.start() # begin thread


However, the call to update the status within the thread does't work. How can I update the statusbar for my gui from within the qthread?

class WorkThread(QtCore.QThread):

def __init__(self,text):
self.text = text
QtCore.QThread.__init__(self)

def __del__(self):
self.wait()

def run(self):
self.ui.statusBar().showMessage(status) # WRONG SELF

return # must return, so that Qthread finished signal is emitted

Answer

You must never attempt to update the GUI from outside the GUI thread. Instead, add a custom signal to the worker thread and connect it to a slot in the GUI:

class WorkThread(QtCore.QThread):
    statusMessage = QtCore.pyqtSignal(object)       
    ...

    def run(self):
        self.statusMessage.emit(self.text)

class gui1(QtGui.QMainWindow):    
    def __init__(self, parent=None):    
        super(gui1, self).__init__(parent)
        self.mythread = WorkThread(text)
        ...
        self.mythread.statusMessage.connect(self.handleStatusMessage)

   @QtCore.pyqtSlot(object)
   def handleStatusMessage(self, message):
       self.ui.statusBar().showMessage(message)