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QCheckBox Class

The QCheckBox widget provides a checkbox with a text label. More...

Header: #include <QCheckBox>
qmake: QT += widgets
Inherits: QAbstractButton


Public Functions

QCheckBox(QWidget *parent = nullptr)
QCheckBox(const QString &text, QWidget *parent = nullptr)
virtual ~QCheckBox()
Qt::CheckState checkState() const
bool isTristate() const
void setCheckState(Qt::CheckState state)
void setTristate(bool y = true)

Reimplemented Public Functions

virtual QSize minimumSizeHint() const override
virtual QSize sizeHint() const override


void stateChanged(int state)

Protected Functions

void initStyleOption(QStyleOptionButton *option) const

Reimplemented Protected Functions

virtual void checkStateSet() override
virtual bool event(QEvent *e) override
virtual bool hitButton(const QPoint &pos) const override
virtual void mouseMoveEvent(QMouseEvent *e) override
virtual void nextCheckState() override
virtual void paintEvent(QPaintEvent *) override

Additional Inherited Members

  • 5 public slots inherited from QAbstractButton
  • 19 public slots inherited from QWidget
  • 1 public slot inherited from QObject
  • 1 public variable inherited from QObject
  • 5 static public members inherited from QWidget
  • 10 static public members inherited from QObject
  • 1 protected slot inherited from QWidget
  • 2 protected variables inherited from QObject
  • 1 protected type inherited from QPaintDevice

Detailed Description

The QCheckBox widget provides a checkbox with a text label.

A QCheckBox is an option button that can be switched on (checked) or off (unchecked). Checkboxes are typically used to represent features in an application that can be enabled or disabled without affecting others. Different types of behavior can be implemented. For example, a QButtonGroup can be used to group check buttons logically, allowing exclusive checkboxes. However, QButtonGroup does not provide any visual representation.

The image below further illustrates the differences between exclusive and non-exclusive checkboxes.

Whenever a checkbox is checked or cleared, it emits the signal stateChanged(). Connect to this signal if you want to trigger an action each time the checkbox changes state. You can use isChecked() to query whether or not a checkbox is checked.

In addition to the usual checked and unchecked states, QCheckBox optionally provides a third state to indicate "no change". This is useful whenever you need to give the user the option of neither checking nor unchecking a checkbox. If you need this third state, enable it with setTristate(), and use checkState() to query the current toggle state.

Just like QPushButton, a checkbox displays text, and optionally a small icon. The icon is set with setIcon(). The text can be set in the constructor or with setText(). A shortcut key can be specified by preceding the preferred character with an ampersand. For example:

QCheckBox *checkbox = new QCheckBox("C&ase sensitive", this);

In this example, the shortcut is Alt+A. See the QShortcut documentation for details. To display an actual ampersand, use '&&'.

Important inherited functions: text(), setText(), text(), pixmap(), setPixmap(), accel(), setAccel(), isToggleButton(), setDown(), isDown(), isOn(), checkState(), autoRepeat(), isExclusiveToggle(), group(), setAutoRepeat(), toggle(), pressed(), released(), clicked(), toggled(), checkState(), and stateChanged().

See also QAbstractButton, QRadioButton, and GUI Design Handbook: Check Box.

Property Documentation

tristate : bool

This property holds whether the checkbox is a tri-state checkbox

The default is false, i.e., the checkbox has only two states.

Access functions:

bool isTristate() const
void setTristate(bool y = true)

Member Function Documentation

QCheckBox::QCheckBox(QWidget *parent = nullptr)

Constructs a checkbox with the given parent, but with no text.

parent is passed on to the QAbstractButton constructor.

QCheckBox::QCheckBox(const QString &text, QWidget *parent = nullptr)

Constructs a checkbox with the given parent and text.

parent is passed on to the QAbstractButton constructor.

[virtual] QCheckBox::~QCheckBox()


Qt::CheckState QCheckBox::checkState() const

Returns the checkbox's check state. If you do not need tristate support, you can also use QAbstractButton::isChecked(), which returns a boolean.

See also setCheckState() and Qt::CheckState.

[override virtual protected] void QCheckBox::checkStateSet()

Reimplemented from QAbstractButton::checkStateSet().

[override virtual protected] bool QCheckBox::event(QEvent *e)

Reimplemented from QAbstractButton::event().

[override virtual protected] bool QCheckBox::hitButton(const QPoint &pos) const

Reimplemented from QAbstractButton::hitButton().

[protected] void QCheckBox::initStyleOption(QStyleOptionButton *option) const

Initializes option with the values from this QCheckBox. This method is useful for subclasses that require a QStyleOptionButton, but do not want to fill in all the information themselves.

See also QStyleOption::initFrom().

[override virtual] QSize QCheckBox::minimumSizeHint() const

Reimplemented from QWidget::minimumSizeHint().

[override virtual protected] void QCheckBox::mouseMoveEvent(QMouseEvent *e)

Reimplemented from QAbstractButton::mouseMoveEvent().

[override virtual protected] void QCheckBox::nextCheckState()

Reimplemented from QAbstractButton::nextCheckState().

[override virtual protected] void QCheckBox::paintEvent(QPaintEvent *)

Reimplemented from QAbstractButton::paintEvent().

void QCheckBox::setCheckState(Qt::CheckState state)

Sets the checkbox's check state to state. If you do not need tristate support, you can also use QAbstractButton::setChecked(), which takes a boolean.

See also checkState() and Qt::CheckState.

[override virtual] QSize QCheckBox::sizeHint() const

Reimplemented from QWidget::sizeHint().

[signal] void QCheckBox::stateChanged(int state)

This signal is emitted whenever the checkbox's state changes, i.e., whenever the user checks or unchecks it.

state contains the checkbox's new Qt::CheckState.