very lightweight gui for win32 + python 3.4

Nagy László Zsolt gandalf at shopzeus.com
Fri Sep 12 18:35:32 CEST 2014


I wrote a small program that copies some files between directories. This 
is a special utility program for a particular customer. I could compile 
the program into a portable exe with cx_freeze, and the total size is 
below 10MB. This customer wants to use this utility on many computers.  
He wants me to display a dialog with a progress bar and possibly a label 
with some messages while files are copied, and also let the user answer 
a question by clicking a button instead of typing in "yes" or "no" into 
the console.

So I need to create a GUI mode version of my program. That the customer 
should be able to see a progress bar. What kind of GUI toolkit should I 
use for this? I would like this to be lightweight, preferably under 5MB 
with a very easy API for simple things like create a dialog, put some 
labels and a progress bar on it, and finally close the dialog when the 
program is finished. (And of course, needs to work with cx Freeze.)

I do not need a full featured cross platform GUI toolkit. What are my 
options?

I have been looking at this:

https://wiki.python.org/moin/GuiProgramming

The only Windows specific lightweight frameworks are venster and Ocean 
but they have not been updated since ages. I know that I can do this 
using the win32 API, but I don't really want to learn how to build a 
dialog using win32 API calls and then process window message queues....  
wxPython and Qt are well known but they are not exactly lightweight.

What are my best options?

Thanks,

    Laszlo


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