Iterate through the contents of rows selected from a QTableView QSqlQueryModel?

I’m going through the “Querying SQL databases with Qt models” chapter of the PySide2 edition of the book. I need something like the “databases\” sample. And then a button, that should perform something based on the contents of the rows selected by the user from that tableview.

So, how can I get the rows that were selected by the user from that tableview and then iterate through the contents of those selected rows?

Thanks in advance!

I found the answer. On my self.table = QTableView() I need to do this the retrieve the rows selected by the user:

indexes = self.table.selectionModel().selectedRows()

and then for example to print the contents of the 2nd column of the selected rows:

for index in indexes:
            print(self.table.model().data(self.table.model().index(index.row(), 1)))

Hey @luis yep that will do it. I’d take a reference to the model object first just to simplify the code a bit

model = self.table.model()
for index in indexes:
            print(, 1)))

Note, that in your .data method the second param 1 is Qt.DecorationRole – not sure if this is what you intended? If you want to get the content you would use Qt.DisplayRole (which == 0) (see roles enum in the documentation). Ignore this my eyes were wonky with the brackets.

Also … I was looking at the selectedRows method though and noticed that it actually accepts a parameter column which (slightly confusingly) is the value it uses for the column in the returned indexes.

Since you want the values in column 2, you can simplify a bit by passing that column number to selectedRows directly… it then returns the exact indexes you want.

indexes = self.table.selectionModel().selectedRows(column=2)
model = self.table.model()
role = Qt.DisplayRole # or Qt.DecorationRole
for index in indexes:
    print(, role))

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Much cleaner! Thanks for the hints.

edit: and in my code, the 1 in index.row(), 1 is needed to access the data of the second column. 0 gives me the 1st column, 2 would be the 3rd and so on.

Great, glad it helped! I think this is a good candidate to add tutorial about, common to want to find what is selected in a table.

Ha, quite right – got confused among all the brackets :smiley:


I would really appreciate a tutorial on this.

Also, you can apparently do something like:

I’m trying to use this because it allows reference by name. I hate using positional reference to a sql record, because it breaks if I find myself having to add or delete fields. This apparently acts through the model, whereas your solution Martin acts through the TableView. Since I’m a newbie with QT, I have not yet figured out when I should be using the model, and when the view.


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and of course, Martin, in your example I can use fieldIndex to get the value by name, like this:
indexes = self.utterancesTable.selectionModel().selectedRows(column=self.model.fieldIndex(“UID”))

You can also get the same result with:

indexes = self.table.selectionModel().selectedRows()
for index in indexes:
    print(index.child(index.row(), 1).data())

(no need to retrieve the model, the index is enough)