New project: Knights of Ni

Knights of Ni - small managing tool for the static website generator Nikola


New little project made of Glade and Python on GitHub: Knights of Ni.


The VTE terminal widget



The widget can be found in the lower part of the widget side bar and provides a complete terminal emulator. To close the window on the exit command the child-exited signal has to be assigned.

A button click shall open a Python prompt within the terminal window, so we need the familiar clicked signal.


Elements used in Glade that are not part of the Gtk module have to be registered as a GObject object (this is also required when using a GtkSourceView widget as the functionality is provided by the *GtkSource module):

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The terminal emulator is initiated by calling spawn_sync expecting 7 parameters. Detailed information on the parameters are available in the documentation but for a common start a lot of defaults and Nones will do:


The feed_child function must be called to send a command to the console. The expected parameters are the string including a newline and the length of the string:

command = "python\n"

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YouNiversity: Transforming Code into Beautiful, Idiomatic Python

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Localization with gettext and locale



Strings in widgets are by default configurated as translatable so there are no preparations required. GetText directly provercesses Glade project files.


Translatable strings

Approved translatable strings are recognized by xgettext by brackets with a leading underscore:

_ = gettext.gettext
translatable_string = _("translate me")

configure (bind)textdomain

Now name and location of the MO files have to be configured in the source code:


set_translation_domain has to be called before loading Glade files.



POT is the abbrevation for Portable Object Template. This file contains all original translatable strings. After generating an empty POT file, xgettext is executed for all source files containing translatable strings:

$ xgettext --options -o output.pot sourcefile.ext

The identified strings are added to the POT file.

#: sourcefile.ext:line number
msgid "translatable string"
msgstr ""

The file number reference comment can be avoided by passting the option --no-location.

In this article's example it is required to run xgettext once for the Glade file and once for the Python source code; the -j (--join-existing) option adds new found strings to an existing file:

$ xgettext --sort-output --keyword=translatable --language=Glade -j -o 10_localization/TUT.pot
$ xgettext --language=Python -j -o 10_localization/TUT.pot


Translated strings are stored in a PO file per language. A new translation ist invoked by

$ msginit --input=source.pot --locale=xx
# xx=language code

that generates a file after the pattern xx.po (p.e. de.po). This file can be edited in any text editor or dedicated tools such like PoEdit. A German localization for example is created by the command

$ msginit --input=TUT.pot --locale=de

If the POT file is altered the PO files are updated with the new strings by executing msgmerge:

$ msgmerge lang.po template.pot > new_lang.po


MO files are (machine readable) binary files and mandatory for gettext to work. Localization files are located below the bindtextdomain following the file structure path/to/bindtextdomain)/locale/language code/LC_MESSAGES/appname.po.

In the example the bindtextdomain is created in the local directory, the generated de.po translation text file then transformed into the corresponding MO file:

$ msgfmt --output locale/de/LC_MESSAGES/ de.po

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Store data sets in ListStores and use ComboBox and TreeView to display the data

There are a bunch of elements required to store and display tables of data in GTK+ applications:

  1. The model to administrate data. There are two types:
    • ListStore: flat table, besides string and numerical values the rows also can be of GTK+ element type (like buttons or checkboxes), input of data sets in Glade possible
    • TreeStore: just like ListStore but rows can possess child rows, input of data sets in Glade is not possible (see also TreeStore article)
  2. Widgets:
    • TreeView: show, sort and edit data; used by both store model types; a data store can be used my multiple TreeView widgets
    • ComboBox: comboboxes are used to limit input to given list items, this list can be stored in a List/TreeStore (see also spinbutton and combobox article)
    • CellRenderers: Subwidgets to specify source, layout and other properties (like being editable) of displayed data rows



In the example there is one ListStore created via "Miscellaneous > List Store" which will be later used by three Widgets.

First there are some rows created. ListStore data sets can be inserted in Glade but this in practise is only convenient for typing in few data sets.

Content changes in the ListStore are simultaneously updated in the Widgets using the ListStore. For individual sorting of the same List/TreeStore it is needed to create Gtk.TreeModelSort elements (this element is used in the example of the TreeStore article).



Creating the widget you are prompted to choose as "TreeView Model". In the edit mode accessible via "Edit > Hierarchy" there is created a CellRendererText. In the first field ("Text") the column to load the items of the dropdown menu from is set. To process the selection you will need the changed signal.
TreeView #1
The first TreeView widget is placed within a Gtk.ScrolledWindow container. Like in a ComboBox there are created CellRenderer representing a column to show in the TreeView table. If the sort indicator is activated columns can be sorted on a column table click. Columns do not have to be sorted according to the columns they show.
TreeView #2

The second TreeView widget is created within a Gtk.ViewPort. This container widget does not provide scroll bars but the automatically adapts the necessary size to display the whole content. So for larger tables you will need the Gtk.ScrolledWindow. The sort indicator is deactivated and the middle column ("Description") is made editible with the signal *edited" allocated.

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The button's function is appending a row to the ListStore, so the clicked signal is required.



The ListStore's row can be iterated over via for row in store. New rows are added by append, other options are insert or remove to add or delete rows at specific positions.


For accessing a data row you need a Gtk.TreeIter object which points to the position in the model (this can also be achieved by a Gtk.TreePath object).

iter,model = widget.get_active_iter(),widget.get_model()
row = model[iter]

Edit cells

The edited signal passes the position and content of the edited cell. The new content of the CellRendererText has to explicitly be committed to the data store otherwise the content will return to the pre edit state. This can be accomplished by using the passed TreePath position.

def on_cellrenderer_descr_edited(self,widget,pos,edit):[int(pos)][1] = edit

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