Creating a graphical Python app with CardStock

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Article from Issue 275/2023

CardStock provides a simple development environment for building a Python graphical application.

CardStock [1] is a multiplatform software development tool inspired by Apple's HyperCard. CardStock's simple design greatly facilitates building graphical Python programs that can run either on your desktop or online as a web application (Figure 1). You can use CardStock to augment your applications with text, graphics, images, buttons, text entry fields, and Web Views. You can even play sounds and add clip art. In this article, I explain how to install CardStock on Linux, how it works, and how to get started.

Installing CardStock

The easiest way to install CardStock on any Linux distribution involves a two-step process. First, install the libasound and libwebkit2gtk development libraries from your distribution's native repositories. Second, install CardStock with pip, Python's package manager. On Ubuntu 22.04, installation looks like this:

sudo apt install libasound2-dev libwebkit2gtk-4.0-dev
pip3 install cardstock


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