Python | StackLayout in Kivy

Kivy is a platform independent GUI tool in Python. As it can be run on Android, IOS, linux and Windows etc. It is basically used to develop the Android application, but it does not mean that it can not be used on Desktops applications.

StackLayout:

To use StackLayout firt import StackLayout by below command:

from kivy.uix.stacklayout import StackLayout

It is quite confusing to understand the difference between Stack and Boxlayout.
StackLayout can organize widgets with more complexity than BoxLayout Boxlayout can organize widgets either in a vertical or horizontal way. But with the StackLayout, you can combine the orientations. There are 4 row-wise and 4 column wise orientations.

More flexible that Boxlayout(1D)

StackLayout Orientation (2D):
 - right to left or left to right
 - top to bottom or bottom to top
 - 'rl-bt', 'rl-tb', lr-bt', 'lr-tb'(Row wise)
 - 'bt-rl', 'bt-lr', 'tb-rl', 'tb-lr'(Column wise)

The four row-wise orientations and four column-wise orientation are shown in below pictures.

Basic Approach to create Stack layout :

1) import kivy
2) import kivyApp
3) import Button
4) import Stacklayout
5) Set minimum version(optional)
6) create App class
7) return widget
8) Run an instance of the class

 
Implementation of the Approach:

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# code to show how to use StackLayout
  
# import kivy module 
import kivy 
  
# this restricts the kivy version i.e 
# below this kivy version you cannot 
# use the app or software 
kivy.require("1.9.1"
    
# base Class of your App inherits from the App class. 
# app:always refers to the instance of your application 
from kivy.app import App 
    
# creates the button in kivy 
# if not imported shows the error 
from kivy.uix.button import Button
  
# The StackLayout arranges children vertically
# or horizontally, as many as the layout can fit.
from kivy.uix.stacklayout import StackLayout
  
  
# class in which we are creating StackLayout
class StackLayoutApp(App): 
        
    def build(self):
  
        # Different orientation
        # ['lr-tb', 'tb-lr', 'rl-tb', 'tb-rl',
           'lr-bt', 'bt-lr', 'rl-bt', 'bt-rl']        
        SL = StackLayout(orientation ='lr-tb')
  
        # Creating Multiple Buttons 
        btn1 = Button(text ="B1",
                      font_size = 20,
                      size_hint =(.2, .1))
        btn2 = Button(text ="B2",
                      font_size = 20,
                      size_hint =(.2, .1))
        btn3 = Button(text ="B3",
                      font_size = 20,
                      size_hint =(.2, .1))
        btn4 = Button(text ="B4",
                      font_size = 20,
                      size_hint =(.2, .1))
        btn5 = Button(text ="B5",
                      font_size = 20,
                      size_hint =(.2, .1))
        btn6 = Button(text ="B6",
                      font_size = 20,
                      size_hint =(.2, .1))
        btn7 = Button(text ="B7",
                      font_size = 20,
                      size_hint =(.2, .1))
        btn8 = Button(text ="B8",
                      font_size = 20,
                      size_hint =(.2, .1))
        btn9 = Button(text ="B9",
                      font_size = 20,
                      size_hint =(.2, .1))
        btn10 = Button(text ="B10",
                      font_size = 20,
                      size_hint =(.2, .1))
  
  
        # adding widgets
        SL.add_widget(btn1)
        SL.add_widget(btn2)
        SL.add_widget(btn3)
        SL.add_widget(btn4)
        SL.add_widget(btn5)
        SL.add_widget(btn6)
        SL.add_widget(btn7)
        SL.add_widget(btn8)
        SL.add_widget(btn9)
        SL.add_widget(btn10)
  
  
        # returning widgets
        return SL
  
# run function runs the whole program 
# i.e run() method which calls the 
# target function passed to the constructor. 
if __name__ == '__main__':
    StackLayoutApp().run()

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Output:

This is for the orientation ‘lr-tb’. First the widgets are added left-to-right and then top-to-bottom.

Note: If want to change orientation, just change the orientation in line no 31 with any of the below orientations –

For row wise orientation use:
  -'lr-tb'
  -'lr-bt'
  -'rl-tb'
  -'rl-bt'

For column wise orientation use:
  -'tb-lr'
  -'tb-rl'
  -'bt-lr'
  -'bt-rl'

 
Below there are picture output all the orientations above –

For row wise orientation use:

'lr-tb'

Output:

'lr-bt'

Output:

'rl-tb'

Output:

'rl-bt'

Output:

 
For column wise orientation use:

'tb-lr'

Output:

'tb-rl'

Output:

'bt-lr'

Output:

'bt-rl'

Output:



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