[SciPy-user] SciPy and GUI

Sturla Molden sturla@molden...
Sun Jan 25 09:01:31 CST 2009

For now I would use wxPython and wxFormBuilder for this. Here is what I
require from a GUI toolkit:

- The GUI should be constructed using a GUI builder.

- The GUI should be able to embed matplotlib.

- Support for OpenGL.

- It should look good on Windows, Linux and MacOSX.

- A liberal license.

Here is an example on how to use wxFormBuilder with Python:


There is more information on how to use XRC files with wxPython here:


I generally think Qt is better than wxWidgets, but until now the license
has deterred me from using it. I am not use how well QtDesigner works with
PyQt, and if matplotlib can be embedded. But when Qt and PyGTL become
released under LGPL, I will take a look at it again.

If you work on Windows only, there is a second option as well: Use Visual
Basic or Borland Delphi. Wrap your Python code as an ActiveX object using
pywin32. Look in Mark Hammond's book for examples on how to do this.


Sturla Molden

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