Tkinter Tutorial - Entry

  1. Tkinter Entry Example
  2. Tkinter Entry Default Text

Tkinter Entry widget lets the user enter a single line of text that has only one font type. If more lines are required, you should use Tkinter Text widget. Entry widget could also be used to display the single-line text.

Tkinter Entry Example

import tkinter as tk
from tkinter import ttk

def callbackFunc():
    resultString.set("{} - {}".format(landString.get(),
app = tk.Tk() 

labelLand = tk.Label(app,
                    text = "Country")
labelLand.grid(column=0, row=0, sticky=tk.W)
labelCity = tk.Label(app,
                    text = "City")
labelCity.grid(column=0, row=1, sticky=tk.W)

landString = tk.StringVar()
cityString = tk.StringVar()
entryLand = tk.Entry(app, width=20, textvariable=landString)
entryCity = tk.Entry(app, width=20, textvariable=cityString)

entryLand.grid(column=1, row=0, padx=10)
entryCity.grid(column=1, row=1, padx=10)

resultButton = tk.Button(app, text = 'Get Result',

resultButton.grid(column=0, row=2, pady=10, sticky=tk.W)

resultLabel = tk.Label(app, textvariable=resultString)
resultLabel.grid(column=1, row=2, padx=10, sticky=tk.W)


This example code creates a GUI that the user could enter the country and city names, then it displays the entered information after Get Result button is clicked.

Tkinter Tutorial_Entry Basic

entryLand = tk.Entry(app, width=20, textvariable=landString)

It creates one Tkinter Entry widget instance whose width is 20 character units. It could only display 20 characters in the entry box, therefore, you need to use arrow keys to display the rest of the line if the text line has more than 20 characters.

The text of the entry widget is assigned to a Tkinter string variable landString. You could get the text with landString.get() method, and set the text with landString.set() method. The text in the entry box updates automatically if set() method is used.


Besides get() method of StringVar, you could also use get() method of Entry widget object to retrieve the string in Entry box.

Tkinter Entry Default Text

We have two ways to set the Entry default text,

Set() Method to Set the Default Text of Tkinter Entry

As indicated in the above example, you could use set() method of StringVar to set the default text of Tkinter Entry.

For example,


It will set the default text as Netherlands.

Insert() Method to Set Tkinter Entry Default Text

insert(index, string) method inserts the text string at the given index position. And if index is END, it appends the text to the Entry widget.

entryLand.insert(tk.END, "Netherlands")

It sets the default text to be Netherlands.


If index is larger than the length of existing string in the widget, it is equal to insert(END, string).

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