Python Tkinter Radiobutton


This widget implements a multiple-choice button, which is a way to offer many possible selections to the user and lets user choose only one of them.

In order to implement this functionality, each group of radiobuttons must be associated to the same variable and each one of the buttons must symbolize a single value. You can use the Tab key to switch from one radionbutton to another.


Here is the simple syntax to create this widget:

w = Radiobutton ( master, option, ...  )


  • master: This represents the parent window.

  • options: Here is the list of most commonly used options for this widget. These options can be used as key-value pairs separated by commas.

activebackground The background color when the mouse is over the radiobutton.
activeforegroundThe foreground color when the mouse is over the radiobutton.
anchorIf the widget inhabits a space larger than it needs, this option specifies where the radiobutton will sit in that space. The default is anchor=CENTER.
bgThe normal background color behind the indicator and label.
bitmapTo display a monochrome image on a radiobutton, set this option to a bitmap.
borderwidthThe size of the border around the indicator part itself. Default is 2 pixels.
commandA procedure to be called every time the user changes the state of this radiobutton.
cursorIf you set this option to a cursor name (arrow, dot etc.), the mouse cursor will change to that pattern when it is over the radiobutton.
fontThe font used for the text.
fg The color used to render the text.
heightThe number of lines (not pixels) of text on the radiobutton. Default is 1.
highlightbackgroundThe color of the focus highlight when the radiobutton does not have focus.
highlightcolorThe color of the focus highlight when the radiobutton has the focus.
imageTo display a graphic image instead of text for this radiobutton, set this option to an image object.
justifyIf the text contains multiple lines, this option controls how the text is justified: CENTER (the default), LEFT, or RIGHT.
padxHow much space to leave to the left and right of the radiobutton and text. Default is 1.
padyHow much space to leave above and below the radiobutton and text. Default is 1.
reliefSpecifies the appearance of a decorative border around the label. The default is FLAT; for other values.
selectcolorThe color of the radiobutton when it is set. Default is red.
selectimageIf you are using the image option to display a graphic instead of text when the radiobutton is cleared, you can set the selectimage option to a different image that will be displayed when the radiobutton is set.
stateThe default is state=NORMAL, but you can set state=DISABLED to gray out the control and make it unresponsive. If the cursor is currently over the radiobutton, the state is ACTIVE.
textThe label displayed next to the radiobutton. Use newlines ("\n") to display multiple lines of text.
textvariableTo slave the text displayed in a label widget to a control variable of class StringVar, set this option to that variable.
underlineYou can display an underline (_) below the nth letter of the text, counting from 0, by setting this option to n. The default is underline=-1, which means no underlining.
valueWhen a radiobutton is turned on by the user, its control variable is set to its current value option. If the control variable is an IntVar, give each radiobutton in the group a different integer value option. If the control variable is a StringVar, give each radiobutton a different string value option.
variableThe control variable that this radiobutton shares with the other radiobuttons in the group. This can be either an IntVar or a StringVar.
widthWidth of the label in characters (not pixels!). If this option is not set, the label will be sized to fit its contents.
wraplengthYou can limit the number of characters in each line by setting this option to the desired number. The default value, 0, means that lines will be broken only at newlines.


deselect() Clears (turns off) the radiobutton.
flash() Flashes the radiobutton a few times between its active and normal colors, but leaves it the way it started.
invoke() You can call this method to get the same actions that would occur if the user clicked on the radiobutton to change its state.
select() Sets (turns on) the radiobutton.


Try the following example yourself:

from Tkinter import *

def sel():
   selection = "You selected the option " + str(var.get())
   label.config(text = selection)

root = Tk()
var = IntVar()
R1 = Radiobutton(root, text="Option 1", variable=var, value=1,
R1.pack( anchor = W )

R2 = Radiobutton(root, text="Option 2", variable=var, value=2,
R2.pack( anchor = W )

R3 = Radiobutton(root, text="Option 3", variable=var, value=3,
R3.pack( anchor = W)

label = Label(root)

When the above code is executed, it produces the following result:

TK Radiobutton