How to make a QLineEdit not editable in Windows

I'm using Qt 5.2 and I would like to make a QLineEdit not editable. The problem with this is, that it doesn't appear like it. When using setReadOnly(true) it stays with white background and looks like it is still editable.

If I disable it, then it turns gray and the text also gets a lighter gray. The problem is, that one can not copy the text from it, in a disabled state.

So how can I make a QLineEdit properly non-editable and also make it look like it. In Windows such a control is usually gray, but the text stays black. Of course I could set the style manually, but this means that it is hard-coded and may look wrong on other platforms.


After making the line edit readonly, you can set the background and text colors to whatever you like :


QPalette *palette = new QPalette();

Since Nejat pointed me into the right direction with his answer, here is the code, that I now use:

QPalette mEditable = mGUI->mPathText->palette();  // Default colors
QPalette  mNonEditable = mGUI->mPathText->palette();
QColor col = mNonEditable.color(QPalette::Button);
mNonEditable.setColor(QPalette::Base, col);
mNonEditable.setColor(QPalette::Text, Qt::black);


void MyWidget::setEditable(bool bEditable)

I had the same problem and made a subclass QLineView derived from QLineEdit. Then, i reimplemented void setReadOnly(bool) and added a member var QPalette activePalette_

Store the QLineEdits palette within the ctor.

My reimplemented method lokks like this

void QLineView::setReadOnly( bool state ) {
    if (state) {
        QPalette pal = this->activePalette_;
        QColor color = pal.color(QPalette::disabled, this->backgroundRole());
        pal.setColor(QPalette::Active, this->backgroundRole(), color);
        pal.setColor(QPalette::InActive, this->backgroundRole(), color);
    else {

You could set a style sheet that changes the color of a QLineEdit object, if its readOnly property is set to true.

setStyleSheet("QLineEdit[readOnly=\"true\"] {"
              "color: #808080;"
              "background-color: #F0F0F0;"
              "border: 1px solid #B0B0B0;"
              "border-radius: 2px;}");

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