In some cases you might find yourself in the situation of wanting to use gettext in a PyQt project in which you have .ui files generated using QtDesigner.

For those kind of situations is a good idea to extend the uic compiler form PyQt. he following example shows how to do so in a distutils command.

class QtBuild(build_extra.build_extra):
    """Build PyQt (.ui) files and resources."""
    description = "build PyQt GUIs (.ui)."
    def compile_ui(self, ui_file, py_file=None):
        """Compile the .ui files to python modules."""
        # Search for pyuic4 in python bin dir, then in the $Path.
        if py_file is None:
            # go from the ui_file in the data folder to the
            # python file in the qt moodule
            py_file = os.path.split(ui_file)[1]
            py_file = os.path.splitext(py_file)[0] + ''
            py_file = os.path.join('package', 'qt', py_file)
        # we indeed want to catch Exception, is ugle but w need it
        # pylint: disable=W0703
            # import the uic compiler from pyqt and generate the 
            # .py files something similar could be done with pyside
            # but that is left as an exercise for the reader.
            from PyQt4 import uic
            fp = open(py_file, 'w')
            uic.compileUi(ui_file, fp)
  'Compiled %s into %s', ui_file, py_file)
        except Exception, e:
            self.warn('Unable to compile user interface %s: %s',
                           py_file, e)
            if not os.path.exists(py_file) or\
                                            not file(py_file).read():
                raise SystemExit(1)
        # pylint: enable=W0703
    def run(self):
        """Execute the command."""
        basepath = os.path.join('data',  'qt')
        for dirpath, _, filenames in os.walk(basepath):
            for filename in filenames:
                if filename.endswith('.ui'):
                    self.compile_ui(os.path.join(dirpath, filename))
    # pylint: disable=E1002
    _wrappeduic = False
    def _wrapuic(cls):
        """Wrap uic to use gettext's _() in place of tr()"""
        if cls._wrappeduic:
        from PyQt4.uic.Compiler import compiler, qtproxies, indenter
        # pylint: disable=C0103
        class _UICompiler(compiler.UICompiler):
            """Speciallized compiler for qt .ui files."""
            def createToplevelWidget(self, classname, widgetname):
                o = indenter.getIndenter()
                o.level = 0
                o.write('from module.with.gettext.setup import _')
                return super(_UICompiler, self).createToplevelWidget(
                                   classname, widgetname)
        compiler.UICompiler = _UICompiler
        class _i18n_string(qtproxies.i18n_string):
            """Provide a translated text."""
            def __str__(self):
                return "_('%s')" % self.string.encode(
        qtproxies.i18n_string = _i18n_string
        cls._wrappeduic = True
        # pylint: enable=C0103
    # pylint: enable=E1002

The above should be doable with PySide, but that is left as an exercise for the reader.

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