Tkinter ("Tk Interface")is python’s standard cross-platform package for creating graphical user interfaces (GUIs). It provides access to an underlying Tcl interpreter with the Tk toolkit, which itself is a cross-platform, multilanguage graphical user interface library.
Tkinter’s greatest strength is its ubiquity and simplicity. It works out of the box on most platforms (linux, OSX, Windows), and comes complete with a wide range of widgets necessary for most common tasks (buttons, labels, drawing canvas, multiline text, etc).
As a learning tool, tkinter has some features that are unique among GUI toolkits, such as named fonts, bind tags, and variable tracing.
Differences between python 2 and 3
Tkinter is largely unchanged between python 2 and python 3, with the major difference being that the tkinter package and modules were renamed.
Importing in python 2.x
In python 2.x, the tkinter package is named
Tkinter, and related packages have their own names. For example, the following shows a typical set of import statements for python 2.x:
import Tkinter as tk import tkFileDialog as filedialog import ttk
Importing in python 3.x
Although functionality did not change much between python 2 and 3, the names of all of the tkinter modules have changed. The following is a typical set of import statements for python 3.x:
import tkinter as tk from tkinter import filedialog from tkinter import ttk