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Unopinionated, minimalist, reusable, slightly configurable, general-purpose file-dialog.

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Universal File Dialog

Install & Get Started:

pip install Ufd --upgrade


git clone


Download the .zip here


from Ufd.Ufd import Ufd


dialog = Ufd(**Kwargs)
result = dialog()

or specify a bunch of options:

dialog = Ufd(
    title="My Dialog",
result = dialog()

Ufd's full constructor signature looks like this:

def __init__(
    title:str="Universal File Dialog",

title : str: Window title

icon : str: Path to your custom icon.ico file

show_hidden : bool: Include hidden file(s) or folder(s) in treeview

include_files : bool: Include file(s) in treeview

multiselect : bool: File-list multiselect support, returns a list either way

select_dirs : bool: File-list shows directories (folder-browser)

select_files : bool: File-list shows files (file-browser)

unix_delimiter : bool: Return paths delimited with "/" or "\"

stdout : bool: Print a newline delimited list of the dialog selection to stdout before returning (Useful if you aren't calling the dialog from a Python)

Ufd still has several [boolean constructor parameters] options & behavioral tweaks in development that will optionally restrict / expand upon its behavior to match the context in which it is used.

Using Ufd without Python

Ufd.exe is a Windows binary compiled with PyInstaller for x64 systems. (dist_win64/Ufd/Ufd.exe)

#include <iostream>
#include <fstream>
#include <string>
#include <vector>

int main(int argc, char *argv[]) {
    system("/path/to/ufd.exe stdout=True > paths.txt");
    std::ifstream inFile("paths.txt");

    std::vector<std::string> results;
    std::string result;

    while (getline(inFile, result)) results.push_back(result);


    for (std::string path : results) std::cout << path << "\n";

    return 0;

Why should I use Ufd?

  • It's easy
  • No external dependencies
  • Ufd doesn't care what kind of dialog it's serving as. You get to deal with any ambiguities in your own way.

Want to select 3 directories and 2 files from the same dialog, and have their paths returned as a list?

dialog = Ufd()
result = dialog()
>> result
>> ["C:some_dir/dir1", "C:some_dir/dir2", "C:some_dir/dir3", "C:some_dir/file1.ext", "C:some_dir/file2.ext"]

Or if you'd prefer to corral the user into selecting a single file:

dialog = Ufd(multiselect=False, select_dirs=False)
result = dialog()
>> result
>> ["C:some_dir/file1.ext"]

Tips & Tricks:

  • Drill through the treeview with <Doubleclick>, <Enter>, and/or ArrowKeys.
  • Treeview supports single-select via <Doubleclick> or the submit button.
  • Navigate the listbox on the right with the mouse or arrow keys. Multiselect is supported with <Shift> (span) & <Ctrl> (individuals), or by clicking + dragging the mouse. Select all with <Ctrl+A> as expected. Confirm selection in the listbox with <Enter> or the submit button.
  • Cancelling via <Ctrl-w>, the cancel button, or the window manager will both return an empty list from the dialog.

  • Treeview only mode / folderbrowser mode
  • Treeview bugged x_scroll
  • Treeview bugged border
  • Listbox Filter
  • Listbox Navigation

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