[SailfishDevel] Read-only TextArea: Always keep the lines added last visible

Sami Kananoja sami.kananoja at jolla.com
Wed Jan 7 11:06:32 UTC 2015


This should do the trick:

    SilicaFlickable {
        id: flickable
        anchors.fill: parent
        contentHeight: textAreaLog.height
        contentY: Math.max(0, contentHeight - height)
        TextArea {
            id: textAreaLog
            readOnly: true
            text: "Test"
            width: flickable.width

The contentY binding is the one that keeps the last line visible (but has some annoying side effects if you want to scroll the content manually - fixing that is left as home work :) )

Sami Kananoja

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Subject: [SailfishDevel] Read-only TextArea: Always keep the lines added        last visible

Hi all,

I was trying to use a TextArea as a UI-visible debug log, so I can see
connection error details while I'm out using my app. The basic principle
is that the python code (pyotherside) will make a server request and
send detailed answers to the text area, which displays them. Everything
works find, except the text area doesn't auto scroll to the end when
there is more content than fits on the page. autoScrollenabled seems to
mean something entirely different, selectionStart start seems to be
read-only. I have put up an example that demonstrates, at the end of the

Does anyone know of the magic incantations needed to make sure the
latest lines are always visible?

import QtQuick 2.0
import Sailfish.Silica 1.0

Page {
    id: textAreaLogExample

    SilicaFlickable {
        TextArea {
            id: textAreaLog
            readOnly: true
            text: "Test"
            autoScrollEnabled: true

    Timer {
        interval: 500; running: true; repeat: true
        onTriggered: {
            textAreaLog.text += "\n" + new Date().getUTCSeconds() + " Log"
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