gtk.Fixed — a container which allows you to position widgets at fixed coordinates


class gtk.Fixed(gtk.Container):
def put(widget, x, y)
def move(widget, x, y)
def set_has_window(has_window)
def get_has_window()


+-- gobject.GObject
  +-- gtk.Object
    +-- gtk.Widget
      +-- gtk.Container
        +-- gtk.Fixed

Implemented Interfaces

gtk.Fixed implements gtk.Buildable

gtk.Fixed Properties

gtk.Object Properties

gtk.Widget Properties

gtk.Container Properties

gtk.Fixed Style Properties

gtk.Widget Style Properties

gtk.Fixed Child Properties

"x"Read/WriteThe x position of the child widget.
"y"Read/WriteThe y position of the child widget.

gtk.Fixed Signal Prototypes

gobject.GObject Signal Prototypes

gtk.Object Signal Prototypes

gtk.Widget Signal Prototypes

gtk.Container Signal Prototypes


The gtk.Fixed widget is a container that can place child widgets at fixed positions and with fixed sizes, given in pixels. gtk.Fixed performs no automatic layout management. For most applications, you should not use this container! It keeps you from having to learn about the other PyGTK containers, but it results in broken applications. With gtk.Fixed, the following things will result in truncated text, overlapping widgets, and other display bugs:

  • Themes, which may change widget sizes.

  • Fonts other than the one you used to write the app will of course change the size of widgets containing text; keep in mind that users may use a larger font because of difficulty reading the default, or they may be using Windows or the framebuffer port of PyGTK, where different fonts are available.

  • Translation of text into other languages changes its size. Also, display of non-English text will use a different font in many cases.

In addition, the fixed widget can't properly be mirrored in right-to-left languages such as Hebrew and Arabic. i.e. normally PyGTK will flip the interface to put labels to the right of the thing they label, but it can't do that with gtk.Fixed. So your application will not be usable in right-to-left languages. Finally, fixed positioning makes it kind of annoying to add and remove GUI elements, since you have to reposition all the other elements. This is a long-term maintenance problem for your application. If you know none of these things are an issue for your application, and prefer the simplicity of gtk.Fixed, by all means use the widget. But you should be aware of the tradeoffs.



Returns :

a new fixed widget

Creates a new gtk.Fixed widget



    def put(widget, x, y)

widget :

the child widget being added*

x :

the x position of the widget location

y :

the y position of the widget location

The put() method adds the child widget specified by widget to the gtk.Fixed widget at the location specified by x and y.


    def move(widget, x, y)

widget :

the child widget

x :

the new x position

y :

the new y position

The move() method moves the child widget specified by widget to the location specified specified by x and y.


    def set_has_window(has_window)

has_window :

if True a separate window should be created

The set_has_window() method specifies whether a gtk.Fixed widget is created with a separate gtk.gdk.Window according to the value of has_window. If has_window is True the fixed widget will be created with its own separate window. By default, the setting is False and the fixed will be created with no separate gtk.gdk.Window. This method must be called while the gtk.Fixed is not realized, for instance, immediately after the window is created.


    def get_has_window()

Returns :

True if the fixed widget has its own window.

The get_has_window() method returns True if the gtk.Fixed widget has it's own gtk.gdk.Window. See the set_has_window() method.