ttk.Button returns None

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ttk.Button returns None

I am trying to use the invoke method of a ttk.Button, as shown at TkDocs (look at “The Command Callback”), but I keep getting this error:

AttributeError: ‘NoneType’ object has no attribute ‘invoke’

So, I tried this in the Interactive Shell:

ActivePython (ActiveState Software Inc.) based on
Python 3.1.1 (r311:74480, Aug 17 2009, 12:30:13) [MSC v.1500 32 bit (Intel)] on

>>> from tkinter import *
>>> import tkinter.ttk as ttk
>>> root = Tk()
>>> button = ttk.Button(root, text="Test").grid(row=0, column=0)
>>> print(button)

Which shows that ttk.Button returns None.

Is ttk.Button meant to return None. And, if so, why does TkDocs say that there is an invoke method?

Asked By: Reshure


Answer #1:

No, you’re entirely wrong: your code does not show that ttk.Button returns None — it shows that the grid method on the button object returns None! Don’t you see that you’re calling .grid on whatever it is that ttk.Button returns (the button object), and it’s the result of that grid call that you’re assigning to “button”?!

So do it right instead…:

button = ttk.Button(root, text="Test")
button.grid(row=0, column=0)

now you can print button and of course the results will be very different!-)

Answered By: Alex Martelli

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