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How to implement "replace all" in a QPlainTextEdit

This is not in­ter­est­ing for al­most noone, but since my google-­fu did­n't let me find it and it was a bit of a pain to do:

This is how you im­ple­ment 're­place al­l' in a QPlain­TextE­d­it (or a QTextE­d­it, for that mat­ter) us­ing PyQt (sim­i­lar for C++ of course).

def doReplaceAll(self):
    # Replace all occurences without interaction

    # Here I am just getting the replacement data
    # from my UI so it will be different for you
    old=self.searchReplaceWidget.ui.text.text()
    new=self.searchReplaceWidget.ui.replaceWith.text()

    # Beginning of undo block
    cursor=self.editor.textCursor()
    cursor.beginEditBlock()

    # Use flags for case match
    flags=QtGui.QTextDocument.FindFlags()
    if self.searchReplaceWidget.ui.matchCase.isChecked():
        flags=flags|QtGui.QTextDocument.FindCaseSensitively

    # Replace all we can
    while True:
        # self.editor is the QPlainTextEdit
        r=self.editor.find(old,flags)
        if r:
            qc=self.editor.textCursor()
            if qc.hasSelection():
                qc.insertText(new)
        else:
            break

    # Mark end of undo block
    cursor.endEditBlock()

There are oth­er, eas­i­er ways to do it, but this one makes it all ap­pear as a sin­gle op­er­a­tion in the un­do stack and all that.

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