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re: Best Python framework for building a desktop application and GUI VIEW POST


Qt officially adopted PySide2 as their own formally maintained Qt5 bindings for Python, so it is advisable to use that over the third-party PyQt5 now. They're feature-identical at this point. (Bonus, PySide2 is LGPL, while PyQt5 is GPL!)

Also, just FYI, packaging a Kivy app for distribution is a living nightmare, due to a significant and complex bug in related to the Cython dependency. Tried to package my own project for six months, even getting Alan Pope ("popey" of Snapcraft), Gabriel Pettier ("tshirtman" of Kivy), "TheAssassin" of AppImage), and a Debian packaging expert (whose name is lost in my IRC backlogs) involved in trying to manage a workaround. No dice.


I was excited to see couple of new frameworks and immediately was excited by kivy. Glad I read your comment, looks like I shouldn't touch that yet !


Is PySide2 actually ready from primetime use? The list of known issues on the wiki doesn't fill me with confidence and there are a large number of bugs on the tracker.

I'm in agreement that Qt for Python (PySide2) is likely the best option in the long term due to the first party maintenance by Qt, but I'm concerned it's not as stable as PyQt5 yet.


I haven't noticed anything major as of yet, and anyway, you know how it goes: adoption usually speeds up bugfixes.

I'd recommend to start building with PySide2; by time your project is finished, it will be stable. Or else, worse case, you just change your import statements and leave the rest the same. ;)

I already have a large project that was ported from PySide1 to PyQt and it was non-trivial to do (sure most of it was the same but that couple of percent difference was a pain to find and update), so I'm not keen to repeat that experience until it's worth it. Sounds like maybe I should wait a bit longer or look into using qtpy as an abstraction layer.

I think that was a newer thing about Qt5...that PySide2 and PyQt5 had identical APIs. But I could be wrong. The abstraction layer sounds wise in any case.

Pyside2 is still not very much maintained like PyQt5

Define "very much maintained". PySide2 regularly releases updates at roughly the same frequency as PyQt5. In fact, if you look at the dates, PySide2 usually releases a few days before PyQt5!

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