Title: tkinter.messagebox does not use the application's icon
Type: enhancement Stage: resolved
Components: Tkinter Versions: Python 3.4
Status: closed Resolution: works for me
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: Drew.French, gpolo, mark, serhiy.storchaka, terry.reedy
Priority: normal Keywords:

Created on 2012-06-26 07:19 by mark, last changed 2014-01-28 02:22 by terry.reedy. This issue is now closed.

Messages (7)
msg164053 - (view) Author: Mark Summerfield (mark) * Date: 2012-06-26 07:19
The tkinter.messagebox functions, e.g., askyesno(), do not use the application's icon (if it has one). Nor do they accept a bitmapicon option, so ISTM that it is "impossible" to set one.

The same is true of tkinter.dialog, but for that it is easy enough to write one's own replacement with the code like this:

        except tk.TclError as err:

(where iconName is "path/to/icon.ico" on windows, "@path/to/icon.xbm" on Unix; and this isn't done on Mac).
msg164443 - (view) Author: Terry J. Reedy (terry.reedy) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-07-01 01:15
It is not clear to me what change your are proposing.
msg165069 - (view) Author: Mark Summerfield (mark) * Date: 2012-07-09 07:42
On Linux & Windows every top-level window (including dialogs) normally has an icon at the left of the title bar. Typically this icon is the application's icon. But tkinter doesn't provide such an icon and so a system default icon is used instead. For one's own code this can be fixed by using the iconbitmap() function, but for the tkinter convenience dialogs (e.g., askyesno()), this cannot be done. So, my suggestion is to make the convenience dialogs use the same icon as the application (if the application has one).
msg165073 - (view) Author: Drew French (Drew.French) Date: 2012-07-09 08:42
This is also true for some of the other dialogs (such as the file dialogs). 

Does anyone know if this behavior can be changed in Tk itself?
msg165290 - (view) Author: Mark Summerfield (mark) * Date: 2012-07-12 09:06
I think there is a solution to this that can be applied in one's own code:

app = tkinter.Tk()
icon = tkinter.PhotoImage(file="icon.gif")"wm", "iconphoto", app, "-default", icon)

According to the docs (and it seems to be true), the icon thus set will be used for *all* the applications top-level windows.
msg209429 - (view) Author: Serhiy Storchaka (serhiy.storchaka) * (Python committer) Date: 2014-01-27 10:22
Mark's recipe works pretty well (requires Tk 8.5+). And you can use special method for this: app.wm_iconphoto(True, icon).

What we can made more? We can set Python-related application icon for IDLE (issue20406).

But for user applications their authors are responsible to configure properly icons.
msg209499 - (view) Author: Terry J. Reedy (terry.reedy) * (Python committer) Date: 2014-01-28 02:22
After applying the .wm_iconphoto patch, I verifies that the icon specified is used for the options dialog and an ask file name message box opened by the dialog. In other words, dialogs and boxes *do* use the application title bar icon if one is provided. So I consider that existing method to be the feature requested, or at least as much of it as is sensible for tkinter.

Title bar icons are 16x16. Desktop icons are much bigger. While large icons can be scaled down, the result will not necessarily be satisfactory. For instance, the Python console app has separate large and small icons. I claim on #20406 that Idle should also. In any case, automatic cross-platform access to and downscaling of a large desk icon to a small title icon should be done by tk, if at all.
Date User Action Args
2014-01-28 02:22:19terry.reedysetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: works for me
messages: + msg209499

stage: resolved
2014-01-27 10:22:27serhiy.storchakasetmessages: + msg209429
2014-01-27 07:09:30terry.reedysetnosy: + serhiy.storchaka
2012-07-12 09:06:50marksetmessages: + msg165290
2012-07-09 08:42:51Drew.Frenchsetnosy: + Drew.French
messages: + msg165073
2012-07-09 07:42:47marksetmessages: + msg165069
2012-07-01 01:15:31terry.reedysetversions: + Python 3.4, - Python 3.2
nosy: + gpolo, terry.reedy

messages: + msg164443

type: enhancement
2012-06-26 07:19:48markcreate