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graphical apps with tkinter

days_64 profile image Python64 ・2 min read

You can use the tkinter module to create graphical applications and desktop applications with Python

For example, the Python desktop program below creates two buttons and a label. Tkinter has many widgets you can add to a window, labels and buttons being just one of them.

from tkinter import *

class OnOffButton(Button):
    def __init__(self,master=None,text=None):
        Button.__init__(self,master,text=text)
        self['command'] = self._onButtonClick

    def _onButtonClick(self):
        print('button clicked')


class App(Frame):
    def __init__(self,master=None):
        Frame.__init__(self,master)

        self.labelHello = Label(self,text="Hello World")
        self.labelHello['fg'] = "red"
        self.labelHello.grid()

        self.button1 = OnOffButton(self,text="Click Me")
        self.button1.grid()

        self.button2 = OnOffButton(self,text="Click me?")
        self.button2.grid()

def main():
    root = Tk()
    app = App(master=root)
    app.grid()
    root.mainloop()

if __name__ == '__main__':
    main()

In this example there are 3 widgets: a label and a button.
You can create a label by calling

Label(self,text="Hello World")

To create a button, call (the class is subclassed)

Button(self,text="Click me?")

tkinter buttons and label

So you can make all kinds of desktop apps with tkinter.
But you can create "graphical apps", similar to Paint. (source: canvas demo)

draw with tkinter

These are just simple examples. You can create much more complex graphical user interfaces, as shown in the image below:

tkinter gui

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Muhimen

Well, I prefer PyQt5 as it gives you a nice little handy software to make UI and then turn it into a code.

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Darryn Dumisani Ph☻enix-92

O, i do love how there are so many varieties!