If you are a python programmer, then probably GUI development is a pretty important part of your life for most of you. Well, fortunately, Python offers a variety of options when it comes to GUI frameworks.
And in this article we are gonna discuss about the 4 best Python GUI frameworks for cross platform application. And which one should you choose?
Kivy is an open-source OpenGL ES 2 accelerated framework, for creating User inteface. It is a cross platform framework supporting Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Android, IOS and even Raspberry pi. It comes with 20 widgets in its toolkit.
Tkinter comes bundled with python. Tkinter is popular for its simplicity and graphical user interface, if you are a beginner Tkinter will be the best place to start with. As it comes with python by default, there is an abundance of resources, both codes and reference books, and it is also open source. But one of the disadvantage is that it doesnt comes with a lot of design features, as you will have to recreate advance designs from the core, but for simple designs it is a great option.
PyQt is one of the most favoured cross-platform Python bindings implementing the Qt library for the Qt application development framework.
PyQt is available for Unix/Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and Sharp Zaurus. It combines the best of Python and Qt and the programmer can decide whether to create a program by coding or using the Qt Designer to create visual dialogs.
It is available in both commercial and GPL license. Although some of the features may not be available in the free version.
WxPython is an open source wrapper for cross-platform GUI library WxWidgets and implemented as a Python extension module. With WxPython you as a developer can create native applications for Windows, Mac OS and Unix.
What should you choose?
If you are a beginner Tkinter is a really good place to start, as it comes bundled with python, the only disadvange is that it is not suitable for advanced designs, I mean you can obviously do that but you will have to design everything from scratch. For more advanced designs PyQT will be the way to go as it is based on the Qt framework. It has some really awsome features for creating good looking designs.
If you want an absolute cross platform option Kivy is a great option as it supports linux, Windows, Mac OS, android, IOS and even Raspberry Pi.