Tkinter tkMessageBox disables Tkinter key bindings


Here's a very simple example:

from Tkinter import * import tkMessageBox def quit(event): exit() root = Tk() root.bind("<Escape>", quit) #tkMessageBox.showinfo("title", "message") root.mainloop()

If I run the code <strong>exactly</strong> as it is, the program will terminate when <kbd>Esc</kbd> is hit. Now, if I un-comment the tkMessageBox line, the binding is "lost" after closing the message box, i.e. pressing <kbd>Esc</kbd> won't do anything anymore. This is happening in Python 2.7. Can you please verify if this is happening also to you? And let me know about your Python version.

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Here is a way to "by-pass" the problem. It's a different approach, but it might help:

from Tkinter import * import tkMessageBox def msg_test(): tkMessageBox.showinfo("title", "message") def quit(event): exit() root = Tk() root.bind("<Escape>", quit) btn = Button(root, text="Check", command=msg_test); btn.pack() root.mainloop()

Using tkMessageBox via a button click, doesn't affect key binding, i.e. pressing <kbd>Esc</kbd> continues to work.


If I understand the problem, you get the bad behavior if you call tkMessageBox.showInfo() <em>before</em> calling mainloop. If that is so, I think this is a known bug in tkinter on windows.

The solution is simple: don't do that. If you need a dialog to show at the very start of your program, use after to schedule it to appear after mainloop has started, or call update before displaying the dialog.

For example:

root = Tk() root.after_idle(msg_test) root.mainloop() <hr />

The original bug was reported quite some time ago, and the tk bug database has moved once or twice so I'm having a hard time finding a link to the original issue. Here's one issue from 2000/2001 that mentions it: <a href="https://core.tcl.tk/tk/tktview?name=220431ffff" rel="nofollow">https://core.tcl.tk/tk/tktview?name=220431ffff</a> (see the comments at the very bottom of the bug report).

The report claims it was fixed, but maybe it has shown up again, or maybe your version of tkinter is old enough to still have the bug.


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