Creating QML Controls From Scratch: Switch

Creating QML Controls From Scratch: Switch

By Chris Cortopassi


Continuing our QML Controls from Scratch series, this time we will implement a Switch. Switch is similar to CheckBox with the exception that it has a slidable pill (implemented with a MouseArea and drag property) and no text property. A Switch can be toggled either by tapping or dragging.


import QtQuick 2.0

Rectangle {
    id: root
// public
    property bool checked: false

    signal clicked(bool checked);  // onClicked:{root.checked = checked;  print('onClicked', checked)}

// private
    width: 500;  height: 100 // default size
    border.width: 0.05 * root.height
    radius:       0.5  * root.height
    color:        checked? 'white': 'black' // background
    opacity:      enabled  &&  !mouseArea.pressed? 1: 0.3 // disabled/pressed state
    Text {
        text:  checked?    'On': 'Off'
        color: checked? 'black': 'white'
        x:    (checked? 0: pill.width) + (parent.width - pill.width - width) / 2
        font.pixelSize: 0.5 * root.height
        anchors.verticalCenter: parent.verticalCenter
    Rectangle { // pill
        id: pill
        x: checked? root.width - pill.width: 0 // binding must not be broken with imperative x = ...
        width: root.height;  height: width // square
        border.width: parent.border.width
        radius:       parent.radius
    MouseArea {
        id: mouseArea
        anchors.fill: parent
        drag {
            target:   pill
            axis:     Drag.XAxis
            maximumX: root.width - pill.width
            minimumX: 0
        onReleased: { // releasing at the end of drag
            if( checked  &&  pill.x < root.width - pill.width)  root.clicked(false) // right to left
            if(!checked  &&  pill.x)                            root.clicked(true ) // left  to right

        onClicked: root.clicked(!checked) // emit


import QtQuick 2.0

Switch {
    property bool backend: false
    checked:   backend
    onClicked: backend = checked


I hope you were able to successfully create a Switch. Next time I'll show you how to create a Slider. The source code can be downloaded here. Be sure to check out my webinar on-demand. I walk you through all 17 QML controls with code examples.