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Python Tkinter Message Widget

In this tutorial, we will learn about the Tkinter Message widget in Python which is used to show some text message on the GUI application that you create using Tkinter.

The Tkinter Message Widget in Python is mainly used to show some message to the user who is using the application.

  • The message displayed by the Tkinter Message Widget is of non-editable type and it can be in multiline.
  • The message displayed by the Tkinter Message widget contains single font text.

  • The functionality of this widget is very similar to the Tkinter Label widget, but there is a difference and that is the message widget can automatically wrap the text.

Tkinter Message Widget

The syntax of the Tkinter Message widget is given below:

W = Message(master,options)   

In the above syntax, the master parameter denotes the parent window. You can use many options to change the look of the message and these options are written as comma-separated key-value pair.

Tkinter Message Widget Options:

Following are the various options used with the Tkinter Message widget:

Name of the option Description
anchor It is mainly used to decide the exact position of the text within the provided space. The default value of this option is CENTER.
bg This option denotes the background color of the widget.
bd This option is used to indicate the border width of the widget. The default value of this is 2 pixels.
bitmap In order to display graphics on the widget, this option will be used. You can set it to any graphical or image object.
cursor With the help of this option, the mouse pointer will be changed to a specific cursor type like an arrow, dot, etc.
fg This option is used to indicate the font color of the widget text.
font This option is used to indicate the font type of the widget text.
height This option is used to indicate the vertical dimension of the message widget.
image This option is used to indicate the image on the widget.
justify This option is used for the justification of the text on the widget. It can be CENTER, LEFT, RIGHT
padx This option is used for the horizontal padding of the widget.
pady This option is used for the vertical padding of the widget.
relief This option is used to specify the border type. Its default value is FLAT
underline This option can be set to an existing number in order to specify that nth letter of the string will be underlined. Its default value is -1 which indicates no underline.
text If you want to display one or more lines of text in a label widget you need to set this option to a string containing the text. You can use "\n" just in order to enter multiple lines
textvariable This option is used to control the text represented by the widget. The textvariable can be set to the text that is needed to be shown on the widget.
width This option is used to indicate the horizontal dimension of the widget in the number of characters and not in pixels.
wraplength This option is used to wrap the text to the number of lines just by setting this option to the desired number so that each line contains only that number of characters.

Tkinter Message Widget Example

Below we have a basic example for the Tkinter Message widget:

from tkinter import *

win = Tk() 

w = Label(win, text ='StudyTonight', font = "90",fg="Navyblue") 
msg = Message(win, text = "Best place to learn coding online") 


Tkinter Message Widget Example

In the code example above, we have created a simple label widget and a message widget with some text message in it.


So with this, we have covered the Tkineter Message Widget which is used to show message in Tkinter GUI application. We can also create message widget dynamically to show error or success message in Tkinter application.

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