[PyQt] QMessageBox with unicode text fails

Tim Welch tim.j.welch at gmail.com
Wed Oct 24 23:03:20 BST 2007

Hi folks,

I'm trying to display a unicode string in a QMessageBox using the
information() static method.  However it seems to only accept ascii
characters.  I'm using qt/pyqt 4.3.0 on Windows.

Here's a sample app with output:

# *-* coding: utf-8 *-*
from PyQt4 import QtCore, QtGui
from PyQt4.QtCore import *
from PyQt4.QtGui import *

if __name__ == "__main__":
        qapp = QApplication([])
        QMessageBox.critical(None, "ImportError", unicode("blort español"))


Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "U:\dev\delphos\src\gui\test.py", line 8, in <module>
    QMessageBox.critical(None, "ImportError", unicode("blort español"))
UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xc3 in position 10:
ordinal not in range(128)


Removing the ñ creates a working message box.  It makes no difference if I
use the static method or create and setup a QMessageBox object myself.  Any
help is appreciated, I found no mention of this in any documentation or the

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