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Python GUI Programming Cookbook, Second Edition - Second Edition

By : Burkhard Meier
Book Image

Python GUI Programming Cookbook, Second Edition - Second Edition

By: Burkhard Meier

Overview of this book

Python is a multi-domain, interpreted programming language. It is a widely used general-purpose, high-level programming language. It is often used as a scripting language because of its forgiving syntax and compatibility with a wide variety of different eco-systems. Python GUI Programming Cookbook follows a task-based approach to help you create beautiful and very effective GUIs with the least amount of code necessary. This book will guide you through the very basics of creating a fully functional GUI in Python with only a few lines of code. Each and every recipe adds more widgets to the GUIs we are creating. While the cookbook recipes all stand on their own, there is a common theme running through all of them. As our GUIs keep expanding, using more and more widgets, we start to talk to networks, databases, and graphical libraries that greatly enhance our GUI’s functionality. This book is what you need to expand your knowledge on the subject of GUIs, and make sure you’re not missing out in the long run.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Installing the wxPython library

The wxPython library does not ship with Python, so in order to use it, we first have to install it.

This recipe will show us where and how to find the right version to install in order to match both the installed version of Python and the operating system we are running.


The wxPython third-party library has been around for more than 18 years, which indicates that it is a robust library.

Getting ready

In order to use wxPython with Python 3.6 and above, we have to install the wxPython Phoenix version.

How to do it…

When searching online for wxPython, you will probably find the official website at

If you click on the download link for MS Windows, you will see several Windows installers, all of which are for Python 2.x only:

To use wxPython with Python 3.6, we have to install the wxPython/Phoenix library. We can find the installer at the snapshot-builds link:

From here, we can select the wxPython/Phoenix...