Kivy - Python Framework for Mobile App development

Mobile application development is a skill that is growing more and more important as society moves farther into the digital era. Through the Kivy framework, Python, a very flexible language, has made progress in this area. This post will examine Kivy, its features, and how to use them to the creation of mobile applications.

Introduction to Kivy

An open-source Python package called Kivy enables the quick creation of multitouch applications. It is available under the MIT licence and is cross-platform (Linux, OS X, Windows, Android, and iOS). Applications that demand multi-touch, gestures, and other contemporary touch features benefit from it in particular.

The Kivy framework's main goal is to streamline the creation of user interfaces (UIs). It offers a naturally occurring user interface (NUI) for operations. It is a flexible tool for developing mobile apps because to its extensive collection of user interface settings.

Features of Kivy

Kivy is filled with features intended to facilitate mobile application development. Let's look at some of them 

  • Cross-platform  With Kivy, you can create code once and have it run on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS.

  • Multi-touch support  Applications that require gestures, multi-touch, and other touch features work incredibly well with Kivy.

  • Pythonic  Python is a language that is simple to learn and well-known for its readability, and it is used to create Kivy.

  • MIT-Licensed − Kivy is open source and available for usage and modification.

  • Extensible  Applications created using Kivy can be enhanced with new widgets and modules.

How to Install Kivy

You must install Kivy on your computer before proceeding with the examples. The procedure is fairly simple. This is how you do it 

  • Make sure your machine has Python and pip (Python's package installer) installed.

  • Install the operating system requirements that are required.

  • With pip, install Kivy 

python -m pip install kivy

After installing Kivy, you may begin creating cross-platform applications.

Developing Mobile Apps with Kivy: Examples

Let's go over some examples to explore how we can create mobile applications with Kivy now that we are familiar with what it is and its main features.

Example 1: A Simple Hello World App

A computer programme that displays "Hello, World!" on a display device is known as a "Hello, World!" programme. It is frequently employed to demonstrate a computer language's syntax. Here is a basic Kivy application that shows the message "Hello, World!" on the screen 

from import App
from kivy.uix.label import Label

class HelloWorldApp(App):
   def build(self):
      return Label(text='Hello, World!')

if __name__ == '__main__':

Example 2: An App with a Button

We're going to make a minor improvement to our "Hello, World!" application in this example. We'll show the text after a button is clicked rather than immediately 

from import App
from kivy.uix.button import Button
from kivy.uix.label import Label

class HelloWorldApp(App):
def build(self):
return Button(text='Click me!', on_press=self.show_text)

def show_text(self, instance):
   instance.text = 'Hello, World!'

if name == 'main':

In this software, the first thing you'll see is a button that says, "Click me!" We use the 'on_press' method to activate the'show_text' function, which transforms the button text to 'Hello, World!' when the button is pressed.

Example 3: A Simple Counter App

We'll design an application with a button and a label for our concluding example. When the button is pressed, a growing number will be shown on the label −

from import App
from kivy.uix.button import Button
from kivy.uix.boxlayout import BoxLayout
from kivy.uix.label import Label

class CounterApp(App):
   def build(self):
      self.count = 0
      self.label = Label(text=str(self.count))
      return BoxLayout(orientation='vertical', children=[Button(text='Count', on_press=self.increment_count), self.label])

   def increment_count(self, instance):
      self.count += 1
      self.label.text = str(self.count)

if __name__ == '__main__':

In this app, a Button and a Label are arranged vertically using a BoxLayout. Every time the button is pressed, the increment_count function is used to update the label's text and increase the counter.


Kivy is a strong framework that makes use of Python's capabilities to create multi-touch mobile applications. Its cross-platform capabilities and ease of use make it a very essential tool for both new and seasoned developers who want to create mobile apps.

Because of Kivy's flexibility, developers may design both straightforward programmes like "Hello, World!" and more intricate ones that fully utilise all of the program's features. The potential uses for Kivy are endless with the appropriate strategy.

Updated on: 17-Jul-2023


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