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How to Install Tkinter on MacOS?

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  • Last Updated : 22 Sep, 2021
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In this article, we will learn how to install Tkinter in Python on MacOS. Tkinter is a Python binding to the Tk GUI toolkit. It is the standard Python interface to the Tk GUI toolkit, and is Python’s de-facto standard GUI.


Method 1: Using pip to install Tkinter 

Follow the below steps to install the Tkinter package on macOS using pip:

Step 1: Install the latest Python3 in MacOS

Step 2: Check if pip3 and python3 are correctly installed.

python3 --version
pip3 --version

checking python and pip version in macos

Step 3: Upgrade your pip to avoid errors during installation.

pip3 install --upgrade pip

upgrading pip in macos

Step 4: Enter the following command to install Tkinter using pip3.

pip3 install tk

installing Tkinter package on macOS using pip

Method 2: Using to install Tkinter 

Follow the below steps to install the yesTkinter package on macOS using the file:

Step 1: Download the latest source package of Tkinter for python3 from here.

curl > tk.tar.gz

downloading the source package for Tkinter in macos

Step 2: Extract the downloaded package using the following command.

tar -xzvf tk.tar.gz

extracting the tk.tar.gz file in macos

Step 3: Go inside the folder and Enter the following command to install the package.

Note: You must have developer tools for XCode MacOS installed in your system

cd tk-0.1.0
python3 install

installing Tkinter on macOS using the file

Verifying Tkinter installation on macOS:

Make the following import in your python terminal to verify if the installation has been done properly:

import tk

Verifying Tkinter installation on macOS

If there is any error while importing the module then is not installed properly.

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