g GObject.GInterface GObject.GInterface Gtk.TreeDragSource Gtk.TreeDragSource GObject.GInterface->Gtk.TreeDragSource Gtk.TreeModel Gtk.TreeModel GObject.GInterface->Gtk.TreeModel Gtk.TreeSortable Gtk.TreeSortable GObject.GInterface->Gtk.TreeSortable GObject.Object GObject.Object Gtk.TreeModelSort Gtk.TreeModelSort GObject.Object->Gtk.TreeModelSort Gtk.TreeDragSource->Gtk.TreeModelSort Gtk.TreeModel->Gtk.TreeModelSort Gtk.TreeSortable->Gtk.TreeModelSort



Name Type Flags Short Description
model Gtk.TreeModel r/w/co The model for the TreeModelSort to sort


Inherited:GObject.Object (1), Gtk.TreeModel (5), Gtk.TreeSortable (1)
Name Type Access Description
parent GObject.Object r  

Class Details

class Gtk.TreeModelSort(*args, **kwargs)
Bases:GObject.Object, Gtk.TreeDragSource, Gtk.TreeModel, Gtk.TreeSortable

The Gtk.TreeModelSort is a model which implements the Gtk.TreeSortable interface. It does not hold any data itself, but rather is created with a child model and proxies its data. It has identical column types to this child model, and the changes in the child are propagated. The primary purpose of this model is to provide a way to sort a different model without modifying it. Note that the sort function used by Gtk.TreeModelSort is not guaranteed to be stable.

The use of this is best demonstrated through an example. In the following sample code we create two Gtk.TreeView widgets each with a view of the same data. As the model is wrapped here by a Gtk.TreeModelSort, the two Gtk.TreeViews can each sort their view of the data without affecting the other. By contrast, if we simply put the same model in each widget, then sorting the first would sort the second.

Using a Gtk.TreeModelSort
  GtkTreeView *tree_view1;
  GtkTreeView *tree_view2;
  GtkTreeModel *sort_model1;
  GtkTreeModel *sort_model2;
  GtkTreeModel *child_model;

  // get the child model
  child_model = get_my_model ();

  // Create the first tree
  sort_model1 = gtk_tree_model_sort_new_with_model (child_model);
  tree_view1 = gtk_tree_view_new_with_model (sort_model1);

  // Create the second tree
  sort_model2 = gtk_tree_model_sort_new_with_model (child_model);
  tree_view2 = gtk_tree_view_new_with_model (sort_model2);

  // Now we can sort the two models independently
  gtk_tree_sortable_set_sort_column_id (GTK_TREE_SORTABLE (sort_model1),
                                        COLUMN_1, GTK_SORT_ASCENDING);
  gtk_tree_sortable_set_sort_column_id (GTK_TREE_SORTABLE (sort_model2),
                                        COLUMN_1, GTK_SORT_DESCENDING);

To demonstrate how to access the underlying child model from the sort model, the next example will be a callback for the Gtk.TreeSelection Gtk.TreeSelection ::changed signal. In this callback, we get a string from COLUMN_1 of the model. We then modify the string, find the same selected row on the child model, and change the row there.

Accessing the child model of in a selection changed callback
selection_changed (GtkTreeSelection *selection, gpointer data)
  GtkTreeModel *sort_model = NULL;
  GtkTreeModel *child_model;
  GtkTreeIter sort_iter;
  GtkTreeIter child_iter;
  char *some_data = NULL;
  char *modified_data;

  // Get the current selected row and the model.
  if (! gtk_tree_selection_get_selected (selection,

  // Look up the current value on the selected row and get
  // a new value to change it to.
  gtk_tree_model_get (GTK_TREE_MODEL (sort_model), &sort_iter,
                      COLUMN_1, &some_data,

  modified_data = change_the_data (some_data);
  g_free (some_data);

  // Get an iterator on the child model, instead of the sort model.
  gtk_tree_model_sort_convert_iter_to_child_iter (GTK_TREE_MODEL_SORT (sort_model),

  // Get the child model and change the value of the row. In this
  // example, the child model is a GtkListStore. It could be any other
  // type of model, though.
  child_model = gtk_tree_model_sort_get_model (GTK_TREE_MODEL_SORT (sort_model));
  gtk_list_store_set (GTK_LIST_STORE (child_model), &child_iter,
                      COLUMN_1, &modified_data,
  g_free (modified_data);

This function should almost never be called. It clears the self of any cached iterators that haven’t been reffed with Gtk.TreeModel.ref_node(). This might be useful if the child model being sorted is static (and doesn’t change often) and there has been a lot of unreffed access to nodes. As a side effect of this function, all unreffed iters will be invalid.

Parameters:child_iter (Gtk.TreeIter) – A valid Gtk.TreeIter pointing to a row on the child model
Returns:True, if sort_iter was set, i.e. if sort_iter is a valid iterator pointer to a visible row in the child model.
sort_iter:An uninitialized Gtk.TreeIter.
Return type:(bool, sort_iter: Gtk.TreeIter)

Sets sort_iter to point to the row in self that corresponds to the row pointed at by child_iter. If sort_iter was not set, False is returned. Note: a boolean is only returned since 2.14.

Parameters:child_path (Gtk.TreePath) – A Gtk.TreePath to convert
Returns:A newly allocated Gtk.TreePath, or None
Return type:Gtk.TreePath or None

Converts child_path to a path relative to self. That is, child_path points to a path in the child model. The returned path will point to the same row in the sorted model. If child_path isn’t a valid path on the child model, then None is returned.

Parameters:sorted_iter (Gtk.TreeIter) – A valid Gtk.TreeIter pointing to a row on self.
Returns:An uninitialized Gtk.TreeIter
Return type:child_iter: Gtk.TreeIter

Sets child_iter to point to the row pointed to by sorted_iter.

Parameters:sorted_path (Gtk.TreePath) – A Gtk.TreePath to convert
Returns:A newly allocated Gtk.TreePath, or None
Return type:Gtk.TreePath or None

Converts sorted_path to a path on the child model of self. That is, sorted_path points to a location in self. The returned path will point to the same location in the model not being sorted. If sorted_path does not point to a location in the child model, None is returned.

Returns:the “child model” being sorted
Return type:Gtk.TreeModel

Returns the model the Gtk.TreeModelSort is sorting.

Parameters:iter (Gtk.TreeIter) – A Gtk.TreeIter.
Returns:True if the iter is valid, False if the iter is invalid.
Return type:bool

This function is slow. Only use it for debugging and/or testing purposes.

Checks if the given iter is a valid iter for this Gtk.TreeModelSort.

New in version 2.2.


This resets the default sort function to be in the “unsorted” state. That is, it is in the same order as the child model. It will re-sort the model to be in the same order as the child model only if the Gtk.TreeModelSort is in “unsorted” state.

Property Details

Default Value:None

The model for the TreeModelSort to sort