Sano98 Sano98 - 5 months ago 18
Python Question

How to connect a variable to Entry widget?

I'm trying to associate a variable with a Tkinter entry widget, in a way that:


  1. Whenever I change the value (the "content") of the entry, mainly by typing something into it, the variable automatically gets assigned the value of what I've typed. Without me having to push a button "Update value " or something like that first.

  2. Whenever the variable gets changed (by some other part of the programm), I want the entry value displayed to be adjusted automatically. I believe that this could work via the textvariable.



I read the example on http://effbot.org/tkinterbook/entry.htm, but it is not exactly helping me for what I have in mind. I have a feeling that there is a way of ensuring the first condition with using entry's "validate". Any ideas?

Answer Source

I think you want something like this. In the example below, I created a variable myvar and assigned it to be textvariable of both a Label and Entry widgets. This way both are coupled and changes in the Entry widget will reflect automatically in Label.

You can also set trace on variables, e.g. to write to stdout.

from tkinter import *


root = Tk()
root.title("MyApp")

myvar = StringVar()

def mywarWritten(*args):
    print "mywarWritten",myvar.get()

myvar.trace("w", mywarWritten)

label = Label(root, textvariable=myvar)
label.pack()

text_entry = Entry(root, textvariable=myvar)
text_entry.pack()

root.mainloop()