Filter Columns in a QFileSystemModel

From Qt Wiki
Revision as of 08:39, 4 March 2015 by Simow (talk | contribs) (Corrected Style)
Jump to: navigation, search


Sometimes one does not want to display all the columns of a QFileSystemModel.

This can be achieved in two ways, either by hiding the columns in the view, by using a specialized proxy model. The easiest way is to hide the columns using the QHeaderView, but the alternative to subclass QSortFilterProxyModel and reimplement the filterAcceptsColumn() method also works well.

Column hiding using QHeaderView

All multi-column views provide access to a QHeaderView. This is the widget that provides the headers above the columns of data, and allows the user to resize those columns, or click the headers to trigger a sorting order. You can also use this widget to hide columns in your view.

// hide the third and fourth column, note that the column numbers are 0-based QHeaderView* hHeader = m_theTableview->horizontalHeader(); hHeader->hideSection(2); hHeader->hideSection(3);

The alternative method of using a custom proxy model is outlined below.

Column hiding using QSortFilterProxyModel

Be aware that the column count is 0-based and that it is hard coded.


  1. include <QSortFilterProxyModel>

class FSMProxy : public QSortFilterProxyModel {

 FSMProxy(QObject *parent);
 bool filterAcceptsColumn(int source_column, const QModelIndex& source_parent) const;



FSMProxy::FSMProxy(QObject *parent) : QSortFilterProxyModel(parent) {}

bool FSMProxy::filterAcceptsColumn(int source_column, const QModelIndex& source_parent) const {

// adjust the columns you want to filter out here
// return false for those that will be hidden
if ( source_column == 2 || source_column == 3 ) return false;
return true;



QFileSystemModel *fsm = new QFileSystemModel(this); FSMProxy *proxy = new FSMProxy(this); proxy->setSourceModel(fsm); treeView->setModel(proxy);