How to pass arguments to a Button command in Tkinter?


Suppose I have the following Button made with Tkinter in Python:

import Tkinter as Tk
win = Tk.Toplevel()
frame = Tk.Frame(master=win).grid(row=1, column=1)
button = Tk.Button(master=frame, text='press', command=action)

The method action is called when I press the button, but what if I wanted to pass some arguments to the method action?

I have tried with the following code:

button = Tk.Button(master=frame, text='press', command=action(someNumber))

This just invokes the method immediately, and pressing the button does nothing.

5/21/2015 12:20:34 AM

Accepted Answer

I personally prefer to use lambdas in such a scenario, because imo it's clearer and simpler and also doesn't force you to write lots of wrapper methods if you don't have control over the called method, but that's certainly a matter of taste.

That's how you'd do it with a lambda (note there's also some implementation of currying in the functional module, so you can use that too):

button = Tk.Button(master=frame, text='press', command= lambda: action(someNumber))
5/4/2015 12:43:53 AM

This can also be done by using partial from the standard library functools, like this:

from functools import partial
action_with_arg = partial(action, arg)
button = Tk.Button(master=frame, text='press', command=action_with_arg)

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