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A Qt library extension for building declarative programming -style UIs completely within python.

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Declarative PySide6

decpys (or Dec-larative PyS-ide) is a Python library that acts as a thin wrapper around the original PySide6 to enable super-fast GUI prototyping using modern declarative UI techniques completely within Python. decpys is licensed under GPLv2.


decpys is available through PyPI. From the command-line, simply:

pip install decpys


decpys is inspired by UI frameworks like React and Flutter. decpys extends the popular PySide6 Qt library so that Qt widgets can be used in a intuitive, concise manner to build out declarative-style UI blocks completely within python.

Normally, Qt is used to build UIs in an imperative manner. This means that each widget and its properties must be set, step-by-step. This might look familiar to you:

window = QMainWindow()
widget = QWidget()
label = QLabel()
label.setText("a label")
layout = QVBoxLayout()
window.setWindowTitle("a window")

It's cumbersome. Qt introduced QML a while back, but that introduces a new syntax and file format to learn. Tools also have to be made in IDEs/editors to give users the speed they seek developing.

Let's take a look at the last example, this time written using decpys:

window = qMainWindow(
    title="a window",
                    text="a label"

Indents lend themselves well to visualizing widget hierarchy. Python's keyword arguments (and many IDEs' support for type hinting) help the user find relevant properties. If you've ever used a declarative-UI framework, you know the benefits it brings to productivity and readable code.

See the ClickableButton example for a more involved look at how decpys can be used.

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