Python Language tkinter Geometry Managers

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Tkinter has three mechanisms for geometry management: place, pack, and grid.

The place manager uses absolute pixel coordinates.

The pack manager places widgets into one of 4 sides. New widgets are placed next to existing widgets.

The grid manager places widgets into a grid similar to a dynamically resizing spreadsheet.


The most common keyword arguments for are as follows:

  • x, the absolute x-coordinate of the widget
  • y, the absolute y-coordinate of the widget
  • height, the absolute height of the widget
  • width, the absolute width of the widget

A code example using place:

class PlaceExample(Frame):
    def __init__(self,master):
        top_text=Label(master,text="This is on top at the origin")
        bottom_right_text=Label(master,text="This is at position 200,400")
# Spawn Window
if __name__=="__main__":


widget.pack can take the following keyword arguments:

  • expand, whether or not to fill space left by parent
  • fill, whether to expand to fill all space (NONE (default), X, Y, or BOTH)
  • side, the side to pack against (TOP (default), BOTTOM, LEFT, or RIGHT)


The most commonly used keyword arguments of widget.grid are as follows:

  • row, the row of the widget (default smallest unoccupied)
  • rowspan, the number of colums a widget spans (default 1)
  • column, the column of the widget (default 0)
  • columnspan, the number of columns a widget spans (default 1)
  • sticky, where to place widget if the grid cell is larger than it (combination of N,NE,E,SE,S,SW,W,NW)

The rows and columns are zero indexed. Rows increase going down, and columns increase going right.

A code example using grid:

from tkinter import *

class GridExample(Frame):
    def __init__(self,master):
        top_text=Label(self,text="This text appears on top left")
        top_text.grid() # Default position 0, 0
        bottom_text=Label(self,text="This text appears on bottom left")
        bottom_text.grid() # Default position 1, 0
        right_text=Label(self,text="This text appears on the right and spans both rows",
        # Position is 0,1
        # Rowspan means actual position is [0-1],1

# Spawn Window
if __name__=="__main__":

Never mix pack and grid within the same frame! Doing so will lead to application deadlock!

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