Tix , by Ioi Lam, provides a variety of megawidgets for GUI development. A fork, also called Tix, and maintained by Mike Clarkson, is at tix.sourceforge.net .


  • balloon
  • button box
  • check list
  • combo box
  • control
  • directory selection, list, and tree
  • file dialog, entry, and selection box
  • form geometry manager
  • grid geometry manager
  • hierarchical listbox
  • label
  • option
  • meter
  • notebook
  • paned window
  • popup menus
  • scrolled hierarchical, listbox, text and other windows
  • selection
  • specific data type entry fields
  • tabular listbox
  • tree


Tix supports the display items and styles concepts, as well as a megawidget framework.

The fork by Clarkson includes support for Tix along with Tkinter. It is documented in the standard Python Library Reference: http://www.python.org/doc/current/lib/module-Tix.html

This makes possible such projects as the Tixapps framework http://tix.sourceforge.net/Tixapps/ which is a library and suite of programs, including Tixinspect and TixDebug, which work as either Tcl or Tkinter applications.

Perl/Tk builds incorporates most of Tix; notice, for example, [L1 ].

jmn 2006-12-12:

I can't get this to build on windows 2000 using MingW. (have tried earlier versions on WinNT and failed too) Any clues on what is causing the error below?

(output of 'make'in MSys window from the tix/win folder after doing: ../configure --enable-threads --prefix=l:/tcl --with-tcl=l:/tcl/lib --with-tclinclude=l:/tcl/include --with-tk=l:/tcl/lib )

 "     -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer -Wall -Wno-implicit-int  -c `echo ../generic/tixWidget.c`
 ../generic/tixWidget.c: In function `Tix_CreateWidgetCmd':
 ../generic/tixWidget.c:234: error: `ERR_IN_PROGRESS' undeclared (first use in this function)
 ../generic/tixWidget.c:234: error: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
 ../generic/tixWidget.c:234: error: for each function it appears in.)
 make: *** [tixWidget.o] Error 1

Alternatively, are there any windows binaries available that don't depend on cygwin? The tixapps page suggests that binaries may be found at http://starship.python.net/crew/mike/ but this page is now missing its content.

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