noncommercial Python+QT on Windows? (was Re: qt or gtk?)

Boudewijn Rempt boud at
Fri Jun 29 15:03:28 EDT 2001

Toby J Sargeant <tjs at> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 28, 2001 at 05:47:03PM +0200, Alex Martelli wrote:
>> Very interesting -- NOW, is there a way one can develop Python
>> software, cross-platform, using Qt, and redistribute it: legally,
>> for free and with sources?

> You should have a look at PyQt. For some reason it's relatively unknown,
> despite being (IMHO) the best and most elegant set of bindings for
> developing GUI applications with python.

> The Qt bindings are much more organised and featureful than I remember
> tkinter being. They're also much more objectlike than gtk, and they
> don't exhibit the windows legacy that the wx toolkit does, with all the
> attendent problems of multiple dispatch from a single event, and needing
> to make up magic numbers for internal events.

> Apparently Phil Thompson is going to be making win32 binaries of the PyQt
> modules available sometime soon, to save people who don't want to compile
> it themselves some effort.

> PyQt should also be available for mac development, given that Qt is free
> for the mac as well, but I don't think I've ever heard of anyone trying
> to build it there.

I just want to add the URL for PyQt to this -

There's also work underway to rejuvenate the PyKDE bindings - binding
all of KDE to Python, which is a welcome addition to the Python
bindings to DCop.

Lastly: Opendocs is publishing my book on PyQt, and they will be making
the first version of what I've completed up to now available very soon

To give an indication of the versatility of PyQt: I've nearly completed
a chapter that deals with writing custom widget themes - something you
cannot do in Python with any of the other GUI toolkits, to my best


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