How to decide (and know) which Python GTK version to use?

Chris Green cl at
Tue Jul 31 04:52:38 EDT 2018

Michael Torrie <torriem at> wrote:
> On 07/30/2018 11:04 AM, Akkana Peck wrote:
> > Yes, this is the future, since it lets you use both GTK3 and Python3.
> Unfortunately the automatically-generated bindings, while fast and
> complete, are not quite as pythonic as the old PyGTK bindings were.  The
> abstraction layer pygobject provides leaks some of the underlying C-isms
> through.  I can't remember exactly which bits feel the most foreign as
> it's been a while since I used it.  But who am I kidding?  PyQt (my
> preferred toolkit) or PySide aren't terribly Pythonic either; lots of
> C++ and Qt abstractions leaking through various Qt types when native
> Python types would be preferable (like lists and dictionaries).

Yes, this has been some of my problem when starting to use these
packages.  I'm a retired Software Engineer and I spent much of my
career (like the last 40 years or more) writing C/C++, so seeing C-like
code isn't 'difficult', but it can be confusing.  Some of the bits of
'example' code are actually C/C++ rather than Python which had me very
confused for a while!

Also there's the oddity of Gtk.Window and (also due to
the C/C++ ancestry?).

Chris Green

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