Chris Aung Chris Aung - 1 month ago 31
Python Question

Python tkinter listbox get (ACTIVE) method

I was trying to make the currently selected List box item to be printed out. For example, when i select item "one", it should print out "one" and when i select item "two", it should print out "two" etc. The following is what i have tried.

from Tkinter import*
sizex = 600
sizey = 400
posx = 40
posy = 20
root.wm_geometry("%dx%d+%d+%d" % (sizex, sizey, posx, posy))

def CurSelet(evt):
print value


for items in itemsforlistbox:

My problem is whenever i selected an item in the listbox, it is actually printing out the previously selected item.For example, the moment i select the item "two" in the list, it is printing out "one". To make things more clear,please see the following

(1) i selected the item "one", it printed out "one"

(2) i selected the item "two", it print out "one" again

(3) i selected the item "three", it print out "two"
and so on...

Am i missing something? or did i misunderstand the way the get(ACTIVE) works? Appreciate for your help.


An item becomes active after you click on it—which means after your ListboxSelect method returns. So, you're printing out whatever was active before this click (meaning, generally, what you clicked last time).

Also, given that you refer to "selected" numerous times, I think what you want is the selected value(s), not the active one, so you should be asking for that.

For a listbox with selectmode=SINGLE or BROWSE (the default, what you have) listbox, you can fix both of these trivially. Just change this:




If you need to handle MULTIPLE or EXTENDED, then of course there are anywhere from 0 to 7 selections instead of exactly 1, so you need to do something like:

values = [mylistbox.get(idx) for idx in mylistbox.curselection()]
print ', '.join(values)

While we're at it, I'm not sure why you were doing str((mylistbox.get(ACTIVE))), or even str(mylistbox.get(ACTIVE)). The result of mylistbox.get with a single index is going to be a string, the same one you inserted.