Create a Tkinter Gui With Sqlite Backend

by: George El., March 2020, Reading time: 4 minutes

In this post I will show you how to create a single gui app using tkinter as frontend and sqlite as a backend. Python has many gui libraries and tkinter is one of them that is supported natively, that is you don’t need to install any extra modules.

tkinter router

The app has the ability to search, add, update and delete router from a sqlite database.

tkinter router

First I am going to import all the necessary gui components from tkinter and ttk

from tkinter import *
from tkinter.ttk import Treeview

Then I am going to start creating the gui. The Frame is a container for various other components like labels and buttons. We also need a layout manager and we will use the grid layout manager which places components in a grid of rows and columns. I will have 4 frames, one for search, one for the input fields, one for the action buttons and one for the results

app = Tk()
frame_search = Frame(app)
frame_search.grid(row=0, column=0)

lbl_search = Label(frame_search, text='Search by hostname',
                   font=('bold', 12), pady=20)
lbl_search.grid(row=0, column=0, sticky=W)
hostname_search = StringVar()
hostname_search_entry = Entry(frame_search, textvariable=hostname_search)
hostname_search_entry.grid(row=0, column=1)

lbl_search = Label(frame_search, text='Search by Query',
                   font=('bold', 12), pady=20)
lbl_search.grid(row=1, column=0, sticky=W)
query_search = StringVar()
query_search.set("Select * from routers where ram>1024")
query_search_entry = Entry(frame_search, textvariable=query_search, width=40)
query_search_entry.grid(row=1, column=1)

In the next frame I have the fields that I want in the database:

frame_fields = Frame(app)
frame_fields.grid(row=1, column=0)
# hostname
hostname_text = StringVar()
hostname_label = Label(frame_fields, text='hostname', font=('bold', 12))
hostname_label.grid(row=0, column=0, sticky=E)
hostname_entry = Entry(frame_fields, textvariable=hostname_text)
hostname_entry.grid(row=0, column=1, sticky=W)
brand_text = StringVar()
brand_label = Label(frame_fields, text='Brand', font=('bold', 12))
brand_label.grid(row=0, column=2, sticky=E)
brand_entry = Entry(frame_fields, textvariable=brand_text)
brand_entry.grid(row=0, column=3, sticky=W)
ram_text = StringVar()
ram_label = Label(frame_fields, text='RAM', font=('bold', 12))
ram_label.grid(row=1, column=0, sticky=E)
ram_entry = Entry(frame_fields, textvariable=ram_text)
ram_entry.grid(row=1, column=1, sticky=W)
flash_text = StringVar()
flash_label = Label(frame_fields, text='Flash', font=('bold', 12), pady=20)
flash_label.grid(row=1, column=2, sticky=E)
flash_entry = Entry(frame_fields, textvariable=flash_text)
flash_entry.grid(row=1, column=3, sticky=W)

the results frame is a little more complicate because I use a treeview and a scrollbar. You can use a textframe if you don’t want to be so complicated.

frame_router = Frame(app)
frame_router.grid(row=4, column=0, columnspan=4, rowspan=6, pady=20, padx=20)

columns = ['id', 'Hostname', 'Brand', 'Ram', 'Flash']
router_tree_view = Treeview(frame_router, columns=columns, show="headings")
router_tree_view.column("id", width=30)
for col in columns[1:]:
    router_tree_view.column(col, width=120)
    router_tree_view.heading(col, text=col)
router_tree_view.bind('<<TreeviewSelect>>', select_router)
router_tree_view.pack(side="left", fill="y")
scrollbar = Scrollbar(frame_router, orient='vertical')
scrollbar.pack(side="right", fill="y")

and in the last one I have the action buttons

frame_btns = Frame(app)
frame_btns.grid(row=3, column=0)

add_btn = Button(frame_btns, text='Add Router', width=12, command=add_router)
add_btn.grid(row=0, column=0, pady=20)

remove_btn = Button(frame_btns, text='Remove Router',
                    width=12, command=remove_router)
remove_btn.grid(row=0, column=1)

update_btn = Button(frame_btns, text='Update Router',
                    width=12, command=update_router)
update_btn.grid(row=0, column=2)

clear_btn = Button(frame_btns, text='Clear Input',
                   width=12, command=clear_text)
clear_btn.grid(row=0, column=3)

search_btn = Button(frame_search, text='Search',
                    width=12, command=search_hostname)
search_btn.grid(row=0, column=2)

search_query_btn = Button(frame_search, text='Search Query',
                          width=12, command=execute_query)
search_query_btn.grid(row=1, column=2)

finally I set the title and geometry of my app and populate it with the list of routers which we will see in a second

app.title('Router Manager')

# Populate data

# Start program

the action buttons call the following methods:

def populate_list(hostname=''):
    for i in router_tree_view.get_children():
    for row in db.fetch(hostname):
        router_tree_view.insert('', 'end', values=row)

def populate_list2(query='select * from routers'):
    for i in router_tree_view.get_children():
    for row in db.fetch2(query):
        router_tree_view.insert('', 'end', values=row)

def add_router():
    if brand_text.get() == '' or hostname_text.get() == '' or ram_text.get() == '' or flash_text.get() == '':
        messagebox.showerror('Required Fields', 'Please include all fields')
    db.insert(hostname_text.get(), brand_text.get(),
              ram_text.get(), flash_text.get())

def select_router(event):
        global selected_item
        index = router_tree_view.selection()[0]
        selected_item = router_tree_view.item(index)['values']
        hostname_entry.delete(0, END)
        hostname_entry.insert(END, selected_item[1])
        brand_entry.delete(0, END)
        brand_entry.insert(END, selected_item[2])
        ram_entry.delete(0, END)
        ram_entry.insert(END, selected_item[3])
        flash_entry.delete(0, END)
        flash_entry.insert(END, selected_item[4])
    except IndexError:

def remove_router():

def update_router():
    db.update(selected_item[0], hostname_text.get(), brand_text.get(),
              ram_text.get(), flash_text.get())

def clear_text():
    brand_entry.delete(0, END)
    hostname_entry.delete(0, END)
    ram_entry.delete(0, END)
    flash_entry.delete(0, END)

def search_hostname():
    hostname = hostname_search.get()

def execute_query():
    query = query_search.get()

db is an instance of another class that we need to import and deals with the sqlite database and is the following:

import sqlite3

class Database:
    def __init__(self, db):
        self.conn = sqlite3.connect(db)
        self.cur = self.conn.cursor()
            "CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS routers (id INTEGER PRIMARY KEY, hostname text, brand text, ram integer, flash integer)")

    def fetch(self, hostname=''):
            "SELECT * FROM routers WHERE hostname LIKE ?", ('%'+hostname+'%',))
        rows = self.cur.fetchall()
        return rows

    def fetch2(self, query):
        rows = self.cur.fetchall()
        return rows

    def insert(self, hostname, brand, ram, flash):
        self.cur.execute("INSERT INTO routers VALUES (NULL, ?, ?, ?, ?)",
                         (hostname, brand, ram, flash))

    def remove(self, id):
        self.cur.execute("DELETE FROM routers WHERE id=?", (id,))

    def update(self, id, hostname, brand, ram, flash):
        self.cur.execute("UPDATE routers SET hostname = ?, brand = ?, ram = ?, flash = ? WHERE id = ?",
                         (hostname, brand, ram, flash, id))

    def __del__(self):
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