tkinter canvas tag stuff

James Stroud jstroud at
Fri Dec 16 22:02:22 CET 2005

Tuvas wrote:
> I'm trying to display a picture on a Tkinter Canvas. It seems to work
> fine the first time that it is displayed. However, subsequent times
> running shows an error like this:
> TCLerror: Wrong # args: should be ".-1211472948 .-1211470996 addtag tag
> searchCommand ?arg arg ...?
> My code works like this:
> if (pic):
>      canvas.delete(pic)
> image=ImageTk.PhotoImage(im)
> pic=canvas.create_image(1,1,anchor="nw", image=image)
> canvas.addtag(pic)
> Note that path is a path selected outside of the function. What happens
> is the image is displayed, but with the error message. I think I should
> either have to put in some kind of argument into the addtag, which
> isn't documented well, or use a similar but different function. Thanks
> for the help!

I think I killed my last post trying to fix a typo. I'm very new to 
using NNTP. Forgive me if this is a close duplicate to something you 
already have in your inbox.

Anyway, my corrected message goes like something like this:

There are two better (more common) ways to do this:

1. Use the tag keyword argument when creating the canvas_image:
   pic=canvas.create_image(1,1,anchor="nw", image=image, tag="some_tag")
2. Use the Canvas.addtag_withtag method:
   canvas.addtag_withtag('some_tag', pic)

I have yet to find Tkinter-specific documentation on the Canvas.addtag 
method, but the Tk documentation suggests this has the same affect as above:

   canvas.addtag("some_tag", "withtag", pic )


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