How can I schedule updates (f/e, to update a clock) in tkinter?

Tkinter root windows have a method called after which can be used to schedule a function to be called after a given period of time. If that function itself calls after you’ve set up an automatically recurring event.

Here is a working example:

# for python 3.x use 'tkinter' rather than 'Tkinter'
import Tkinter as tk
import time

class App():
    def __init__(self):
        self.root = tk.Tk()
        self.label = tk.Label(text="")

    def update_clock(self):
        now = time.strftime("%H:%M:%S")
        self.root.after(1000, self.update_clock)


Bear in mind that after doesn’t guarantee the function will run exactly on time. It only schedules the job to be run after a given amount of time. It the app is busy there may be a delay before it is called since Tkinter is single-threaded. The delay is typically measured in microseconds.

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