Tkinter Text widget getting too slow

Peter Otten __peter__ at
Wed Sep 3 17:50:52 CEST 2003

Jane Austine wrote:

> As you add more items, say text lines, in Text widget, it gets too
> slow and almost impractical to use on. Take idle for example. If the
> text gets bigger(e.g. print
> urllib.urlopen('').read() ), it becomes too
> sluggish to use as an "interactive" shell.
> I have tried wxPython and it seems to have the same problem (from my
> experience using PyCrust).
> Is there any way to speed up Text widget, or should I look for another
> GUI library?
> Jane

Does the same problem appear if you read a file of the same size from your
harddisk or is it just the web site that does not respond fast enough?

In this case you could put urlopen() into a separate thread.


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