I'd like to set the position of a plugin's window or dialog relative to the map canvas frame. For example, if I start a plugin, I want it to appear somewhere in the left upper corner of the map canvas.

I can use absolute screen coordinates (choosing appropriate values for the first two parameters of the setGeometry method of a dialog), but that's not a flexible solution as users might adapt the size of the map canvas frame according to their wishes.

FYI: I use the Plugin Builder plugin to take off...

Based on @Matthias Kuhn's concise answer, I found a solution which I share here below. Note that the code corresponds to the script that is produced by the Plugin Builder plugin. Also note that the argument of mapToGlobal() must be a QPoint.

def run():
    self.mapcanvas_upperleft = self.iface.mapCanvas().mapToGlobal(QPoint(0, 0))
    offset_x = 24
    offset_y = 43
    pos_x = self.mapcanvas_upperleft.x() + offset_x
    pos_y = self.mapcanvas_upperleft.y() + offset_y
    self.dlg.setGeometry(pos_x, pos_y, 0, 0)

    # show the dialog
    # Do this a first step... then delete
    print self.dlg.pos().x()
    print self.dlg.pos().x() 

In order to define the offsets, you can print the upper left corner of your dialog before you change its position with setGeometry. The pos() method returns a QPoint.

(hint: in QGIS, click Plugins > Python Console to see the print output)

As such, you know the difference between the global coordinates of 1) the upperleft corner of the map canvas and 2) the upperleft corner of the plugin dialog, which then helps you to define the offset you prefer.

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You can start with the top left corner of the map canvas and add some offset if you like.

iface.mapCanvas().mapToGlobal( QPoint( 0, 0 ) )

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