Can anyone tell me if pygame and Tkinter can work together?

Nathan Pinno falcon3166 at
Wed Nov 16 06:19:50 CET 2005

It worked, but unfornately I can't use this line as it brings up errors:

from Tkinter (or pygame) import *

Anyway around this little bug?

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"Nathan Pinno" <falcon3166 at> wrote in message 
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> Sounds good, I'll give it a try and see what happens, and report back 
> about
> my results.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: jepler at [mailto:jepler at]
> Sent: November 15, 2005 8:47 PM
> To: Nathan Pinno
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> Subject: Re: Can anyone tell me if pygame and Tkinter can work together?
> On Tue, Nov 15, 2005 at 06:33:40PM -0700, Nathan Pinno wrote:
>> Thanks. I was going to use TKInter to pop up a message box, then use
>> pygame to run the game and display the score on the playing surface.
>> Is this still possible (I'm using Python 2.4.1 and Pygame 1.7.0 on
>> WinXP with Service Pack 2)?
> This is more likely to work than the scenario I first considered, where 
> both
> GUI libraries would be in use at the same time.
> With my understanding of how X works, and my knowledge of Tk, you'd 
> probably
> be successful if what you want to do is first use GUI Library A, and then
> GUI Library B.  This resolves the issue with XSetErrorHandler, for 
> instance,
> because you'll be completely done with Library A at the time you call the
> initialization routines of Library B.  It also resolves the event loop
> problem, because you never need to allow Libraries A and B to receive 
> events
> during the same phase of the program.
> I don't know anything about Windows, and I haven't actually given this
> scenario a try on Linux either, so it's still all idle speculation on my
> part.  Actual experimentation on your part wouldn't be that hard, though.
> Just write the simplest possible Tk program as a callable function 't()' 
> and
> the simplest possible pygame program as a callable function 'p()', and 
> then
> see what happens when you run them back to back:
> def t():
> import Tkinter
> t = Tkinter.Tk()
> Tkinter.Button(t, command = t.destroy).pack()
> t.mainloop()
> def p():
> likewise
> t()
> p()
> Jeff 


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