Package Details#

Having a large project as the Qt Framework available from one simple installation line:

pip install pyside6

is really beneficial, but it might be confusing to newcomers.

Besides your IDE, you don’t need to install anything else to develop your Qt application, because the same command installs many tools that will help you design UIs, use QML types, generate files automatically, translate applications, etc.

Package Dependencies#

Packages structure and dependency

Starting from 6.3.0, the pyside6 package (wheel) is almost empty, and only includes references to other packages that are required to properly use all the modules. This packages are:

You can verify this by running pip list to check the installed packages in your Python (virtual) environment:

(env) % pip list
Package            Version
------------------ -------
pip                22.0.4
PySide6            6.3.0
PySide6-Addons     6.3.0
PySide6-Essentials 6.3.0
setuptools         58.1.0
shiboken6          6.3.0

Both pyside6-essentials and pyside6-addons contain Qt binaries (.so, .dll, or .dylib) that are used by the Python wrappers that enable you to use the Qt modules from Python. For example, in the QtCore module, you will find on Linux:

  • PySide6/, and

  • PySide6/Qt/lib/

inside the site-packages directory of your (virtual) environment. The first is the importable module which depends on the second file which is the original QtCore library.


The package shiboken6-generator is not a dependency, and it’s not available on PyPi. The reason, is that it depends on libclang, which is a large library that we don’t package, and requires a special configuration for you to use. Check the Shiboken Documentation for more details.

Tools Included#

PySide6 comes bundled with a set of tools that assist in making the development experience with PySide6 more efficient. The list of tools can be found here.