Creating a Custom Progress Bar using tkinter python

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by kanika dot icon Updated: Jul 26, 2023

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To Create a Tkinter progress bar that provides feedback is built using the Tkinter library in Python. Tkinter is a standard for Python, and it provides widgets that can create user interfaces. The progress bar widget in Tkinter allows you to display the improvement of a long-running task. It provides a representation of the estimated time remaining for the task.   

Different types of progress bars:   

  1. Determinate Progress Bar: This is the most common type of progress bar. It displays a rectangular bar that fills up from left to right (or bottom to top) to state the progress of a task. The length of the bar corresponds to the completion percentage of the task. It is suitable for tasks where you can determine the actual progress.   
  2. Indeterminate Progress Bar: Unlike the determinate progress bar, precise progress of a task. Instead, it shows continuous animation, such as a moving bar or a spinning wheel, to state the program. It is useful when the duration or progress of a task cannot be measured.   
  3. Marquee Progress Bar: A marquee progress bar is a type of progress bar that consists of a moving pattern. It gives the impression that something is happening without showing specific progress.   

 Main points of Tkinter Application:   

  • Determine the tasks that would enjoy a progress bar, focusing on long-running processes.   
  • Display a label that describes the task being performed to provide context.   
  • Update the label to show the current status or message related to the task.   
  • Use a progress bar to reflect the completion percentage or amount of work done.   
  • Provide an estimated time or progress information to help users gauge the remaining time.   
  • Ensure the progress bar updates without freezing the GUI by using separate threads.   
  • Consider cancellation and error handling, allowing users to provide appropriate error messages.   
  • Customize the progress bar appearance to match the application's design.   
  • Test the implementation, gather user feedback, and make necessary adjustments for improved usability.   


In conclusion, incorporating progress bars in a Tkinter application holds significant importance. They play a major role in enhancing user experience and providing valuable feedback. A Tkinter application is important when it comes to displaying the current status. Progress bars provide valuable feedback to users, enhancing their experience.   

Here is an example of Creating a Custom Progress Bar using tkinter python.

Fig 1: Preview of the Code.

Fig 2: Preview of the Output.


In this solution, we are Creating a Custom Progress Bar using tkinter python.


Follow the steps carefully to get the output easily.

  1. Install Jupyter Notebook on your computer.
  2. Open terminal and install the required libraries with following commands.
  3. Install tkinter by using the following commands.
  4. !pip install ipywidgets 
  5. !pip install tkinter
  6. Copy the code using the "Copy" button above and paste it into your IDE's Python file.
  7. Run the file.

I hope you found this useful. I have added the link to dependent libraries, version information in the following sections.

I found this code snippet by searching for "Creating a Custom Progress Bar using tkinter python" in kandi. You can try any such use case!

Dependent Libraries

Tkinter-Designerby ParthJadhav

Python doticonstar image 5885 doticonVersion:v1.0.7doticon
License: Permissive (BSD-3-Clause)

An easy and fast way to create a Python GUI 🐍


            Tkinter-Designerby ParthJadhav

            Python doticon star image 5885 doticonVersion:v1.0.7doticon License: Permissive (BSD-3-Clause)

            An easy and fast way to create a Python GUI 🐍

                      If you do not have tkinter that is required to run this code, you can install it by clicking on the above link and copying the pip Install command from the tkinter page in kandi.

                      You can search for any dependent library on kandi like Tkinter

                      Environment Tested

                      I tested this solution in the following versions. Be mindful of changes when working with other versions.

                      1. The solution is created in Python 3.9.6
                      2. The solution is tested on tkinter version 8.6

                      Using this solution, we are Creating a Custom Progress Bar using tkinter python.


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                      1. What is a progress bar widget, and how can it be used with Tkinter?   

                      A progress bar widget is an element used to represent the completion of a task in a graphical interface. In Tkinter, a popular GUI toolkit for Python, the Progress bar widget is provided to a progress bar.   


                      2. What are the advantages of using the Tkinter Progress Bar over other progress bars?   

                      The advantages of the Tkinter Progress bar are available in frameworks or libraries. There are several advantages to using Tkinter’s Progress bar widget.   

                      • Integration with Tkinter: Tkinter is the standard GUI toolkit for Python. It integrates with the Tkinter library. This means using the Progress bar widget in Tkinter allows you to create a progress bar. That is consistent with the rest of your Tkinter-based application, maintaining visual coherence.   
                      • Native support: Tkinter is part of the Python library, so you don't need to install more. It is available, making it convenient and accessible for Python developers.   
                      • Customization options: Tkinter s Progress bar widget offers a range of customization options. You can configure its appearance, including color, length, style, and orientation.   
                      • Familiarity and community support: Tkinter is used by a large community developer. This means ample resources and tutorials to help you with any issues. You may encounter this while working with Tkinter and the Progress bar widget.   


                      3. Are there any specific Tkinter widgets that can create a progress bar?   

                      The Progress bar widget in Tkinter provides various configuration options. Depending on your application's needs and style, you can customize the progress bar.   


                      4. Is it possible to use the spin box widget in combination with a progress bar?   

                      Yes, it is possible to combine the Spinbox widget with a progress bar in a Tkinter application. The Spinbox widget provides a convenient way to input numeric values using an up and down arrow.   


                      5. How can I add a stop button to pause the progression of the progress bar?  

                      Add a stop button that allows you to pause the progression of the progress bar. You can change the previous example by adding a button and a flag to control the animation.  

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