Python Tkinter Fonts


Simple Tuple Fonts

There may be up to three methods to state type style. As a tuple whose primary element is the font family, followed by a dimension in points, optionally followed by a cord-containing one or additional 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 -

  • 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 the xfontsel program to help you select pleasing fonts.

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