Tkinter Fonts

There may be up to three ways to specify type style.

Simple Tuple Fonts

As a tuple whose first element is the font family, followed by a size in points, optionally followed by a string containing one or more of the style modifiers bold, italic, underline and overstrike.


  • ("Helvetica", "16") for a 16-point Helvetica regular.

  • ("Times", "24", "bold italic") for a 24-point Times bold italic.

Font object Fonts

You can create a "font object" by importing the tkFont module and using its Font class constructor −

import tkFont
font = tkFont.Font ( option, ... )

Here is the list of options −

  • x: This is a numeric expression.

  • family: The font family name as a string.

  • size: The font height as an integer in points. To get a font n pixels high, use −n.

  • weight: "bold" for boldface, "normal" for regular weight.

  • slant: "italic" for italic, "roman" for unslanted.

  • underline: 1 for underlined text, 0 for normal.

  • overstrike: 1 for overstruck text, 0 for normal.


helv36 = tkFont.Font(family="Helvetica",size=36,weight="bold")

X Window Fonts

If you are running under the X Window System, you can use any of the X font names.

For example, the font named "−*−lucidatypewriter−medium−r−*−*−*−140−*−*−*−*−*−*" is the author's favorite fixed−width font for onscreen use. Use thexfontsel program to help you select pleasing fonts.

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