most popular gui framework for python

Peter peter.milliken at gmail.com
Wed Aug 11 23:02:28 CEST 2010


On Aug 12, 6:13 am, Thomas Jollans <tho... at jollybox.de> wrote:
> On Wednesday 11 August 2010, it occurred to Back9 to exclaim:
>
> > Hi,
>
> > Does anyone know of what is the most popular gui framework for python
> > application?
>
> I'd guess at Tkinter - it's part of the standard library.
> Another quite popular option is PyGtk. Other good ones include wxPython, PyQt,
> and PySide.

Lots of choices - you could try Jython as well, then you have access
to all the Java GUI framework :-)

Personally, I have used Tkinter, PMW (Widgets built on Tkinter) - all
of my GUI stuff to date is written using these.

I have tried WxPython - I found it quite difficult to learn, but this
was quite some years ago now and perhaps there are some easy books
that will help you ease into it.

I am currently experimenting with PyQt - I have Mark Summerfield's
book, "Rapid GUI Programming with Python and Qt" - very readable book.
Now that the Qt license is more friendly to the "hobbyist" I think I
will switch all of my GUI work over to PyQt.

There are so many these days (just look at the Python wiki page on
GUIs) that you can't really try them all - just not enough hours in
the day. I would suggest you have a quick browse of what's available
and then select one or two to focus on. Most are pretty well
"portable" between multiple platforms - but realistically I have never
used anything other than a Windoze platform cross-platform
compatibility may not be such a big deal.

I would strongly recommend reading the Python Wiki page on GUI
programming: http://wiki.python.org/moin/GuiProgramming


Peter



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