15 Minute Apps

15 minute (small) desktop apps built with PyQt
Under MIT License
By pythonguis

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15 Minute Apps

A collection of 15 small — minute — desktop applications written in Python
using the PyQt framework. These apps are intended as examples from
which you can poke, hack and prod your way to writing your own tools.

Many of these apps have more detailed write-ups on my PyQt5/PySide2 site at
If you're new to creating GUI apps check out the introductory pyqt5 tutorial.

The apps

The apps showcase various parts of the Qt framework, including advanced widgets,
multimedia, graphics views and decorationless windows. However, the most
generally interesting/feature complete applications are Minesweeper, Solitaire
and Paint.

  1. Web Browser (untabbed) - "MooseAche"

  2. Web Browser (tabbed) - "Mozzarella Ashbadger"

  3. Minesweeper - "Moonsweeper"

  4. Notepad - "No2Pads"

  5. Calculator - "Calculon" (QtDesigner)

  6. Word Processor - "Megasolid Idiom"

  7. Webcam/Snapshot - "NSAViewer"

  8. Media Player - "Failamp"

  9. Post-it Notes - "Brown Note" (QtDesigner)

  10. Paint - "Piecasso" (QtDesigner)

  11. Unzip - "7Pez" (QtDesigner)

  12. Translator - "Translataarrr" (QtDesigner)

  13. Weather - "Raindar" (QtDesigner)

  14. Currency converter - "Doughnut" (PyQtGraph)

  15. Solitaire - "Ronery" (QGraphicsScene)

Getting started

To use each app you first need to install the requirements. In most cases
the only requirements are PyQt5, and occasionally requests. To install
app-specific requirements change to the folder of the app and run:

pip3 install -r requirements.txt

Once the requirements are installed, you can run the app using Python 3.

python3 <filename>.py

The application window should appear.

Want to build your own apps?

If you think these apps are neat and want to learn more about
PyQt in general, take a look at my PyQt5 tutorial
which covers everything you need to know to start building your own applications with PyQt.

You can also find write-ups about these "minute apps" on the same site.


All code is licensed under an MIT license. This allows you to re-use the code freely,
remixed in both commercial and non-commercial projects. The only requirement is to
include the same license when distributing.

Other licenses

Icons used in the applications are by Yusuke Kamiyaman.