Popular Libraries used in Python for UI Development
Hi everyone, welcome back. There are many Python libraries that are available to use to help easily create user interfaces. Some libraries may add new components or allow developers so create charts and graphs. Some libraries can also be used for easier customization such as colors and text. Libraries mentioned in this article will all be popular free open source software that anyone can use!
Our first library is PyQT. PyQT offers a variety of new features and uses that can be used within your project such as database support and networking support, but for this we will briefly go over PyQT’s GUI capabilities. The QtGui module is provided within the PyQT library and includes various GUI related classes that can be used as UI components. Some included components are buttons, dialogs, boxes, and status bars. There are also features regarding colors, text fonts, and UI layout. Overall PyQT is a great resource for many reasons including for UI purposes. Read more about PyQT here.
Tkinter is the standard tool used to created GUI’s in Python. Tkinter is a toolkit included and built-in with Python, making it a popular choice and easy to use. Tkinter includes various components including buttons, labels, and textfields. There are also attributes that can be customized for the components. The attributes available to each component will vary. Common attributes include colors, fonts, size, cursors, and layout. Tkinter is easy to use and is enough to create a friendly GUI. Read more about Tkinter here.
Kivy is a framework that a developed to help create mobile applications in Python. Kivy helps by providing extensive input support from keyboards, mouses, and touch interfaces. Graphics can be generated using OpenGL ES, which is a popular tool used for game graphics. Kivy provides it’s own set of components used for game development. Kivy is capable of running on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, and the Raspberry Pi. Kivy is a great tool to look into if game development is your thing, especially mobile games. Read more about Kivy here.
PySimpleGUI combines the components and functionality from a few different libraries and combines them so they’re easier to interact with. Components from PyQT and Tkinter, which are on this list, along with WxPython, and Remi, are all included within PySimpleGUI. This allows developers to create simple and efficient GUI’s as they have all the tools at their disposal within this single PySimpleGUI package. PySimpleGUI is great if you’re creating complicated and complex UI layouts. Read more about PySimpleGUI here.
PyForms is a unique framework because it is composed of three separate libraries used for different environments. These three libraries are pyforms-gui, pyforms-web, and pyforms-terminal. These separate libraries provide functionality for the desktop, web, and terminal environments. UI modifications can be done without writing or changing any code and instead uses a layer of Python forms. This allows developers to easily create a design within a low amount of time. Read more about PyForms here.
These are some great and popular choices if you’re looking for a free open-source library for UI work. There are many others out there and it highly depends on what exactly you’re looking for. I hope this helps. Thanks for reading.