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Jigna is a bridge between Traits and the HTML world to provide a UI toolkit for traits models based on the powerful technologies of HTML, CSS and Javascript.

It provides two-way data bindings between the traits model and the HTML interface i.e. traits notifications automatically update the HTML UI and user inputs on the UI seamlessly change model attributes in Python. Jigna uses AngularJS (or Vue.js) for data bindings and one could think of it as an equivalent of AngularJS where the model lives in Python instead of Javascript. This gives us the power of Python and Traits for easily writing the application logic and the flexibility and expressibility of HTML for the user interface.

The HTML UI can be displayed both in the same Python process as well as remotely, allowing us to view and manipulate a Traits-based-object from the web.

Jigna can be used to create user interfaces in Qt using Qt’s webkit support or on a browser. One needs to have Qt (PySide or PyQt) installed if one wants a Qt based UI and requires tornado for a web-based UI.

With a web-based UI, the jigna dependencies are rather light requiring only traits, tornado, and a recent web browser.

Please note that Jigna currently is only tested with Qt4 and Qt5 support will be added later.


Jigna can be installed with pip:

$ pip install jigna

This will not pull in any Qt requirements but will require tornado as it is easy to install. The test requirements can be installed via:

$ pip install jigna[test]

This will install, PySide, nose, mock, coverage, and selenium if you do not already have them.

To install Jigna from the sources you may do the following:

git clone
cd jigna
pip install -r requirements.txt
python install # or python develop

This does not include pyside or pyqt so you will have to install that as well.


To run the tests, you can simply do the following from the project’s root directory:


You must make sure you have the required packages installed, and can install these via:

pip install -r requirements.txt

This does not install pyside since that is a heavy dependency. You may install it using your package manager or via pip.


There are several examples to play with in the examples directory. Each example demonstrates one particular feature of jigna. Start with the simplest one by running:


This requires Qt so if you are only interested in Web UI examples, you may run the following examples:



  • – this requires Mayavi to be installed.

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