Parent is null in ListView delegate after upgrade to Qt 5.15

A ListView with a most simple delegate produces lots of warnings "21:35:31.911 warning T#16084047 unknown - qrc:/main.qml:15: TypeError: Cannot read property 'left' of null" if trying to set it’s delegate anchors property and scrolling the list (which makes delegates to be destroyed/created). It was not the case in Qt 5.12 or 5.9.

File main.qml

import QtQuick 2.15
import QtQuick.Window 2.15

Window {
    width: 640
    height: 480
    visible: true
    title: qsTr("Hello World")

    ListView {
        anchors.fill: parent
        model: cppModel

        delegate: Rectangle {
            anchors.left: parent.left
            anchors.right: parent.right
            height: 50

            Text { text: model.itemName }

File main.cpp:

#include <QAbstractListModel>
#include <QGuiApplication>
#include <QQmlApplicationEngine>
#include <QtGlobal>
#include <QQmlContext>

#include <iostream>

void myMessageHandler(QtMsgType type, const QMessageLogContext &context, const QString &msg) {
    QString logLine = qFormatLogMessage(type, context, msg);
    std::cout << logLine.toStdString() << std::endl;

class CppModel: public QAbstractListModel {
    // QAbstractItemModel interface
    virtual int rowCount(const QModelIndex &parent) const override { return 100; }
    virtual QVariant data(const QModelIndex &index, int role) const override {
        if (role == (Qt::DisplayRole + 1)) {
            return QString("Element %1").arg(index.row());
        return QVariant();
    virtual QHash<int, QByteArray> roleNames() const override {
        return {{(Qt::DisplayRole+1), "itemName"}};

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
    qSetMessagePattern("%{time hh:mm:ss.zzz} %{type} T#%{threadid} %{function} - %{message}");


    QGuiApplication app(argc, argv);

    QQmlApplicationEngine engine;
    CppModel cppModel;
    engine.rootContext()->setContextProperty("cppModel", &cppModel);

    const QUrl url(QStringLiteral("qrc:/main.qml"));
    QObject::connect(&engine, &QQmlApplicationEngine::objectCreated,
                     &app, [url](QObject *obj, const QUrl &objUrl) {
        if (!obj && url == objUrl)
    }, Qt::QueuedConnection);

    return app.exec();

Link to full source code

What I’m doing wrong and how to correctly set anchors for the delegate element?


This is the result of a behaviour change in Qt 5.15. The first issue was reported here, with a more detailed summary here. The documentation was updated but may take a little longer to make it onto the website. The new documentation says:

Delegates are instantiated as needed and may be destroyed at any time. As such, state should never be stored in a delegate. Delegates are usually parented to ListView’s contentItem, but typically depending on whether it’s visible in the view or not, the parent can change, and sometimes be null. Because of that, binding to the parent’s properties from within the delegate is not recommended. If you want the delegate to fill out the width of the ListView, consider using one of the following approaches instead:

ListView {
    id: listView
    // ...

    delegate: Item {
        // Incorrect.
        width: parent.width

        // Correct.
        width: listView.width
        width: ListView.view.width
        // ...

So, you can either:

  1. Give the ListView an id and use it in the binding instead of parent.
  2. Use the attached property (ListView.view) to access the view.
  3. Check for null (anchors.left: parent ? parent.left : undefined).

Options 1 and 2 will result in cleaner code.

Option 1 results in one less QObject being created (each attached object is a QObject) but ties the delegate to that particular view.

Option 2 is better for delegates that are standalone components that will be reused with other ListViews.

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