Best GUI for Python

Cecil Westerhof Cecil at
Sun Apr 26 20:07:02 CEST 2015

Op Sunday 26 Apr 2015 19:12 CEST schreef Gary Herron:

> On 04/26/2015 09:32 AM, Cecil Westerhof wrote:
>> Op Sunday 26 Apr 2015 17:09 CEST schreef Steven D'Aprano:
>>> On Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:02 pm, Cecil Westerhof wrote:
>>>> I want to use a GUI for Python. When searching I found (beside
>>>> some others) Tkinter and wxPython. From what I found it looks
>>>> like Tkinter is slightly better. What would be the pros/cons of
>>>> these two? Would there be a compelling reason to use another GUI?
>>> Tkinter is easier to use, as it is standard with Python. So long
>>> as you have Tk/Tcl installed on your computer, Tkinter should work
>>> fine.
>>> However, Tkinter probably looks a bit more old fashioned.
>>> wxPython probably looks a bit more modern and may be a bit more
>>> powerful, but it will require a large extra library. It's also a
>>> lot harder to learn to use wxPython unless you are comfortable
>>> with C++ programming.
>> Well, I did my share of C++ programming. ;-)
>>> Have you seen this?
>> Dabo looks interesting, but also a little bit dead. Well, maybe I
>> just should evaluate Tkinter and wxPython both. Now wxPython looks
>> more interesting. But it is easier to make a reasonable decision
>> when I have a little more information. :-D
>> For the moment I limit it to Tkinter and wxPython.
> I wouldn't recommend limiting yourself like that. I've used both
> successively (years ago), then pyGTK for a batch of projects,
> followed by pyglet for some years and many projects, and most
> recently PyQt. They are all worthy GUI programming libraries, and
> each of them is cross platform (as I required to develop on Linux,
> but deploy occasionally on Windows).

I did say for the moment. ;-)

But just curious: what is the reason you use five different kinds of
GUI? It seems like it makes think difficult for you. I mean the
question as enlightenment for myself.

Cecil Westerhof
Senior Software Engineer

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