Creating a styled Gradient Button Bar

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Please be patient and hold your edits. I am working on this: Simow (talk) 22:16, 25 March 2015 (UTC)


Sometimes when you are just bored by the default QTabWidget and don't want to pull QML dependencies into your project to create a fancy user interface this article might be for you. With the help of QStyle, QBrush, a left-to-right QListWidget we are creating a stylish tab bar that can switch through a QStackedLayout that looks like this (only an example, everything customizable):


What you learn

This tutorial makes use of different features and techniques provided by Qt:

  • Resource System The icons you see in the screenshot are loaded via the Qt Resource System
  • QBrush For creating the gradient we make use of QLinearGradient that is assigned to a QBrush.
  • QPalette Qt has no direct way for setting colors to particular widgets, except using stylesheets, but as far as I know there is no support for gradients yet. So we need to make use of color roles and a customized QPalette
  • QListWidget We make use of the flow property to make the items flow horizontally.