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A Pythonic Wrapper for Tkinter

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A Pythonic Wrapper for Tkinter

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Tkinter. On the one hand, it almost always comes with Python, which makes it the easiest option for making a GUI in Python. On the other hand, it’s one of the least Pythonic modules in existance.

So I’ve decided to write and share this - FinGUI. It’s a GUI package for Python written in pure Python, meaning it’s trivial to install, unlike pretty much every other GUI package for Python.


Install via pip:

$ pip install fingui


If you insist on the (slightly) harder way of installing, from source, you know how to do it already and don’t need my help.

The most up-to-date version of this library can be found on github at

Quick Start

Once you’ve installed, you can really quickly verified that it works with just this:

>>> from fingui import Entry
>>> e = Entry()
>>> e.set('Hello World!')

That’ll work right from your command line. You can also drop the same code into a script and run it with no modification.

Note the boilerpoint we didn’t deal with, because it’s all automatically handled:
  • We didn’t call mainloop().
  • We didn’t need to create a root object (although we could have).
  • We didn’t need to call pack().

Also note that Entry has a set() method! Unlike the variant in Tkinter, ours has the methods you would expect.

The toplevel file demonstrates how you can combine the Entry and Menu classes to quickly make a polished AutocompletePathEntry class in under 50 lines of code.


I’ve tried to include docstrings with all the functions and classes, so things like this should work:

>>> import fingui
>>> help(fingui)

If this project grows large enough, I’ll try to create some more formal documentation for it.


FinGUI has been tested on Python 2.7 on OS X 10.11 and Windows 7. It is intended to work on both Python 2.6+ and 3.2+, with any OS that supports Tkinter. It probably falls short on Python 3; I wouldn’t know because of how rarely I touch it. Please submit pull requests to fix anything that doesn’t work on Python 3.

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