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UI library for small tft screens using cairocffi

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cairotft is a small module for Python (3.4+) used to draw interface on tft screen using the framebuffer interface.

It’s first designed for tft screens, but cairotft can draw interface on any framebuffer interface; like the default /dev/fb0 on linux consoles.


cairotft is free software made available under a BSD license. See LICENSE.txt


  • support python 3.4 (only tested on python 3.4)

  • support double-buffering

  • included with widgets:

    • blick icon

    • text marquee

  • included animation transitions formulas like mootools.Fx.Transitions

  • uses asyncio event loop

  • … (more in the future)


See the full documentation on readthedocs:


from pypi

  • create a virtualenv:

    pyvenv-3.4 ~/.virtualenvs/cairotft
    source ~/.virtualenvs/cairotft/bin/activate
  • install the package:

    pip install cairotft

from sources

  • clone the repo:

    git clone
    cd cairotft
  • create a virtualenv:

    pyvenv-3.4 ~/.virtualenvs/cairotft
    source ~/.virtualenvs/cairotft/bin/activate
  • install:

    python install
  • and for development:

    python develop
  • and (eventually) development dependencies:

    pip install --upgrade -r dev-requirements.txt

Running tests


install tests and developpement requirements:

pip install -r dev-requirements.txt

on the main cairotft directory run the tests:


or with verbosity:

nosetests -v


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