Exploring Input Widgets in PySide6 (Part 5)

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In this tutorial, we’ll dive into the usage of various input widgets in PySide6 to allow users to interact with our GUI applications. Input widgets provide users with different ways to input data, such as sliders, spin boxes, and more. We’ll build a simple example application to demonstrate how to incorporate different input widgets in PySide6.


Before we begin, ensure you have Python and PySide6 installed on your system. You can install PySide6 using pip:

pip install PySide6

Designing the GUI

Our GUI will consist of a main window with different input widgets, including sliders, spin boxes, and a date picker.


import sys
from PySide6.QtWidgets import QApplication, QWidget, QVBoxLayout, QSlider, QSpinBox, QDateEdit
from PySide6.QtCore import Qt, QDate

class InputWidgetsApp(QWidget):
    def __init__(self):
        self.setWindowTitle('Input Widgets Demo')
        self.setGeometry(100, 100, 300, 200)

        layout = QVBoxLayout()

        # Slider
        self.slider = QSlider(Qt.Horizontal)

        # Spin Box
        self.spin_box = QSpinBox()

        # Date Picker
        self.date_picker = QDateEdit()


if __name__ == '__main__':
    app = QApplication(sys.argv)
    inputWidgetsApp = InputWidgetsApp()

Understanding the Code

  • We create a class InputWidgetsApp inheriting from QWidget.
  • In the initUI method, we set up the main window and create a vertical layout.
  • We create a horizontal slider using QSlider, set its minimum and maximum values, tick interval, and position.
  • We create a spin box using QSpinBox and set its minimum and maximum values.
  • We create a date picker using QDateEdit and set its initial date to the current date.
  • We add these input widgets to the layout.
  • Running the Application
  • Save the code to a file (e.g., input_widgets_app.py) and execute it using Python:

python input_widgets_app.py

You should see the GUI window with different input widgets, including a slider, a spin box, and a date picker.


In this tutorial, we explored how to incorporate various input widgets in PySide6 to allow users to interact with GUI applications. Input widgets provide users with different ways to input data, such as sliders for numeric input, spin boxes for selecting from a range of values, and date pickers for selecting dates. You can further customize and enhance this application by adding more input widgets, incorporating validation mechanisms, or styling the GUI components to match your design preferences. Experiment with the code and explore the possibilities of PySide6 to create even more interactive and user-friendly GUI applications!