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A cool Python desktop application built with Pyrustic

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The Pyrustic software suite with the cyberpunk theme


Pyrustic is a lightweight framework and software suite to help develop, package, and publish Python desktop applications.

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Since Python comes with battery included, Pyrustic makes extensive use of Tkinter as GUI Toolkit and SQLite as database engine. The Wheel standard built-package format is used to build distribution packages.

Pyrustic is both a software suite and a framework on which the software suite is based. You can use both the framework and the software suite or only one of the components. The framework and the software suite are useful for a new project as well as for an existing project. Example, you could decide to only use the Table widget from the package pyrustic.widget in your existing Tkinter codebase. Another example is to only use Pyrustic to build a Wheel then publish it to your Github !

The Framework

The Framework is easy to use and flexible with only three constraints:

  • you have to follow the conventional Python project structure as described in the Python Packaging User Guide;
  • you need to have a file in the source package;
  • the project name should be the same as the source package.

In fact, these aren't constraints but simply elegance and proactivity. It will save you a lot of trouble in the future (believe me). By the way, the command-line tool Manager (see next section) will take care of these details for you, you will just need to link a project directory, then issue the command init.

The Framework contains libraries that target:

  • GUI;
  • multithreading;
  • fetching resources;
  • database connection;
  • and more...

Example of code - A simple Hello Friend demo -

Note: this is generated by Pyrustic when you issue the command init.

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# "" generated by Pyrustic Manager
from import App
from pyrustic.theme.cyberpunk import Cyberpunk
from demo.view.main_view import MainView

def main():
    # The App
    app = App(__package__)
    # Set theme
    app.theme = Cyberpunk()
    # Set view
    app.view = MainView(app)
    # Center the window
    # Lift off !

if __name__ == "__main__":

Example of code - A simple Hello Friend demo - view/

Note: this is generated by Pyrustic when you issue the command init.

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# a "view" module generated by Pyrustic Manager
import tkinter as tk
from pyrustic.viewable import Viewable
from pyrustic.widget.toast import Toast

class MainView(Viewable):

    def __init__(self, app):
        self._app = app
        self._root = app.root
        self._body = None
        self._btn_max = None

    # -- View's Lifecycle --
    def _on_build(self): # it's mandatory to override this method
        self._body = tk.Frame(self._root)
        # Label
        label = tk.Label(self._body, text="Hello Friend !")
        label.pack(expand=1, fill=tk.BOTH)
        # Footer
        footer = tk.Frame(self._body)
        footer.pack(side=tk.BOTTOM, fill=tk.X)
        # Button Leave
        btn_leave = tk.Button(footer, text="Leave",
        btn_leave.pack(side=tk.RIGHT, padx=2, pady=2)
        # Button Maximize
        self._btn_max = tk.Button(footer, text="Maximize",
        self._btn_max.pack(side=tk.RIGHT, pady=2)

    def _on_display(self): # optional - code executed when the view is displayed

    def _on_destroy(self): # optional - code executed as the view is destroyed

    # -- Private --
    def _on_click_btn_max(self):

    def _on_click_btn_leave(self):
        toast = Toast(self._body, message="Goodbye Friend !")
        toast.build_wait() # next line will be executed after toast is destroyed

The software suite

The lightweight software suite is made of:

  • Manager: an optional command-line application to rule them all;
  • Rustiql: a graphical SQL Editor;
  • Jupitest: a graphical Test Runner;
  • and Hubway: an application to publish your project.

All these components come with Pyrustic from the first installation, so you don't have to think about how to get them. They are the batteries included in Pyrustic.

The Manager



The Manager is the entry point to the software suite. An optional command-line application with an API that you can use programmatically to automate your workflow.

Via the Manager you can:

  • create a project with battery included (project structure, pyproject.toml, etc);
  • easily add packages, modules or files to your project;
  • run a specific module of your project;
  • view recent projects list and quickly switch between projects;
  • launch the SQL Editor, Test Runner and Hubway;
  • build a distribution package according to setup.cfg and;
  • and more...

The build command builds a package that could be published with the application Hubway.

Rustiql - The SQL Editor

SQL Editor

SQL Editor

The graphical SQL Editor allows you to:

  • visualize your databases content;
  • edit your database (CRUD);
  • import SQL scripts;
  • open in-memory database;
  • and more...

The SQL Editor makes extensive use of the pyrustic.dao library.

Jupitest - The Test Runner

Test Runner

Test Runner

The Test Runner reproduces the tree structure of the tests folder in your project. The Test Runner allows you to:

  • run test packages;
  • run test modules;
  • run test classes;
  • and even run test methods;
  • and more...

The Test Runner makes extensive use of the pyrustic.threadom library to perform smooth real-time test reporting.




Hubway is an application that allows you to publish a new release of your application on Github. Once published, you can track your project, see metrics like the number of stargazers, subscribers or releases downloads.

Hubway makes extensive use of pyrustic.gurl to fetch resources.

You need a personal access token to publish a release via Hubway or to increase the API rate limit. It is easy to generate a personal access token. Read this article.


Once you are ready to release a new version of your app, Pyrustic allows you to build a distribution package with the build command and then publish it to Github with Hubway.

Then the question that arises is "How to make the find-download-install-run process easier for users?". This is where the Hubstore comes in.

With Hubstore, it's easy to showcase, distribute, install, and manage your Python desktop apps.

Hubstore is available on PyPI and yes it's also built with Pyrustic !

Do you want to learn more about Hubstore ? Click on this link.


This is the now obsolete demo video. I will upload an up-to-date video later.

To open the page in a new tab, you can just do a CTRL+click (on Windows and Linux) or CMD+click (on MacOS) on the link.


Wisdom from Antiquity

He owned a cup which served also as a bowl for food but threw it away when he saw a boy drinking water from his hands and realized one did not even need a cup to sustain oneself.

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A non-exhaustive list of features:

  • Manager: optional command-line application to help you to manage your project, build package, launch the Test Runner, launch the SQL Editor and Hubway.
  • Test Runner: a graphical Test Runner to run test packages, modules, classes and methods.
  • SQL Editor: a graphical SQL Editor to edit your database, open in-memory database, load scripts.
  • Hubway: publish your app, track it and see the metrics like the number of stargazers, subscribers or downloads.
  • An optional Framework to use in your project. The same Framework used by Pyrustic.
  • pyrustic.threadom: a library included in the Framework to make it easy to develop multithreading applications. You can retrieve from the main thread the values returned by the functions executed in other threads and also the exceptions raised by these functions.
  • pyrustic.dao: a library included in the Framework to simplify the connection to your database.
  • pyrustic.gurl: a library included in the Framework to fetch resources with an implementation of conditional request and a smart responses caching system. Hubway uses this library to fetch resources as a good API citizen.
  • pyrustic.default_style and pyrustic.theme: a style/theme system to make it easy for you to build beautiful GUIs.
  • pyrustic.theme.cyberpunk: a dark theme ready to use, the one used as base theme by the SQL Editor, Test Runner and Hubway.
  • pyrustic.viewable.Viewable: bring an intuitive lifecycle system to your Views by making them implement Viewable. The mega-widgets in this framework implement Viewable.
  • the Framework comes with many awesome widgets (mega-widgets to be precise): Table, Scrollbox, Toast, Tree and more.
  • pyrustic.jasonix: a library included in the Framework which makes it so cool to work with JSON files. Pyrustic uses extensively this library to store user preferences, configuration data and more. With this library, you can initialize preferences/configuration/whatever files easily, thanks to the internal mechanism of Jasonix that creates a fresh copy of the given default JSON file at the target path. Jasonix also comes with a lock to open JSON files in readonly mode.
  • for obvious reasons (clue: beta), Pyrustic does not take the risk of deleting the files it needs to get rid of, instead it moves them to a trash folder.
  • and more...


Pyrustic is a cross platform software suite. It should work on your computer (or nope, haha, versions under 1.0.0 will be considered Beta at best). It is built on Ubuntu with Python 3.5. Pyrustic comes with absolutely no warranty. So... à la guerre comme à la guerre.

As Pyrustic is built with Python for Python developers and also makes extensive use of Tkinter, you may need to learn Python and Tkinter.


Pyrustic is available on PyPI (the Python Package Index) to simplify the life of Python developers.

If you have never installed a package from PyPI, you must install the pip tool enabling you to download and install a PyPI package. There are several methods which are described on this page.

$ pip install pyrustic

$ pyrustic
Welcome to Pyrustic Manager !
Version: 0.0.9
Type "help" or "?" to list commands. Type "exit" to leave.



  • Create a demo folder to contain the project you want to start. This folder will be the PROJECT_DIR of your project.
  • Run pyrustic in your shell to open the Manager.
  • Link your project to the Manager by typing the command link in the Manager. A dialog will appear so you could choose your demo project folder. You can also put the absolute path of the folder directly in front of the link command. The link command does not make any change in your project.
  • Your project is now linked to the Manager and becomes the Target project. The target command displays the path to the Target project (its PROJECT_DIR). You can unlink it with the command unlink. Whenever you come back to the Manager, just type relink to link again your previous Target project. Use the command last to see the list of last projects.
  • Type init in the Manager to perform a project Kickstart. The init command modifies your project. This command will create the minimal project structure with a source package APP_PKG. You will write your code in APP_PKG and will stay in PROJECT_DIR.
  • You can run your project with the run command without arguments. You can also run a specific module in your project. Example: run host.calc.addition.
  • Type sql, test or hub commands in the Manager to launch the SQL Editor, Test Runner or Hubway respectively.
  • Your project has an entry point which is In the file, there is an instance of to which the first View to display is passed.
  • A View is a class that implements pyrustic.viewable.Viewable. In a View you must implement the on_build() method in which you assign a Tk object (tk.Frame or tk.Toplevel) to the _body instance variable.
  • The life cycle of a View that implements pyrustic.viewable.Viewable is:
    • the call of the method __init__() at the View class instantiation;
    • then the call of the method on_build();
    • then the call of the method on_display() when the View is visible;
    • and the call of the method on_destroy() when the View is destroyed.
  • To run a View, call the build() method which will execute on_build() and will return the content of the _body instance variable. The build_pack() method builds the View then calls the method pack() on the body in a single call. Same stuff with build_grid() and build_place(). The method build_wait() is used for View built with a Toplevel as _body, thus, execution of the next instructions is paused until the destruction of the View. To destroy a View, call the method destroy().
  • About application publishing, read this.

Note: Initializing your project with the init command in the Manager will create the pyrustic_data folder in the APP_PKG. Take a look at this folder if you want to change your GUI default settings.

A better tutorial will come later. Use the init command in the Manager to get an equivalent of a graphical Hello World demo project, then explore the contents of your project. Start with $APP_PKG.__main__, then $APP_PKG.view.main_view. Good luck !


The versions of Pyrustic under 1.0.0 are aimed at an audience of early adopters. The documentation is precarious but public classes and methods have minimal documentation in the source code. You can also check the command help in the Manager.

Introduction to Python

Introduction to Tkinter

Introduction to SQLite

Note: I am not affiliated with any of these entities. A simple web search brings them up.


Pyrustic is licensed under the terms of the permissive free software license MIT License.


Hi ! I'm Alex, operating by "Crocker's Rules"


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