Widgets: Dates, Sliders and Combination Widgets

DateCombo, TitleDateCombo
These widgets allow a user to select a date. The actual selection of a date is done with the class MonthBox, which is displayed in a temporary window. The constructor can be passed the following arguments - allowPastDate=False and allowTodaysDate=False - both of which will affect what the user is allowed to select. The constructor can also accept the argument allowClear=True.
ComboBox, TitleCombo
This box looks like a Textbox, but the user can only select from a list of options. Which are displayed in a temporary window if the user wants to change the value. Like the MultiLine widget, the attribute value is the index of a selection in the list values. The ComboBox widget can also be customised by overloading the display_value(self, vl) method.
FilenameCombo, TitleFilenameCombo

This presents a control for picking filenames. The following arguments can be passed in to the constructor:


These also correspond to attributes on the widget that can be set at any time.

This widget was added in version 2.0pre81.

Slider, TitleSlider

Slider presents a horizontal slider. The following additional arguments to the constructor are useful:

The maximum value of the slider.
The increments by which a user my increase or decrease the value.
The minimum value a user can select. Note that sliders are not designed to allow a user to select negative values. lowest should be >= 0
Whether to print a text label next to the slider. If so, see the translate_value method.
block_color = None
The colour of the blocks that show the level of the slider. By default (None) the same value as the colour of the slider itself.

All of these options set attributes of the same name that may be altered once the widget exists.

The text displayed next to the widget (if label=True) is generated by the translate_value method. This takes no options and returns a string. It makes sense to subclass the Slider object and overload this method. It probably makes sense to ensure that the string generated is of a fixed length. Thus the default code looks like:

stri = "%s / %s" %(self.value, self.out_of)
l = (len(str(self.out_of)))*2+4
stri = stri.rjust(l)
return stri
SliderNoLabel, TitleSliderNoLabel
These versions of the Slider do not display a label. (Similar to using the usual slider with label=False). New in Version 4.3.5
SliderPercent, TitleSliderPercent
These versions of the Slider display a percentage in the label. The number of decimal places can be set by setting the attribute accuracy or by passing in the keyword accuracy to the constructor. Default is 2. New in Version 4.3.5.

Widgets: Grids


This offers a spreadsheet-like display. The default is only intended to display information (in a grid of text-fields). However, it is designed to be flexible and easy to customize to display a variety of different data. Future versions may include new types of grids. Note that you can control the look of the grid by specifying either columns or column_width at the time the widget is created. It may be that in the future the other multi-line classes will be derived from this class.

The cursor location is specified in the attribute .edit_cell. Note that this follows the (odd) curses convention of specifying the row, then the column.

values should be specified as a two-dimensional array.

The convenience function set_grid_values_from_flat_list(new_values, max_cols=None, reset_cursor=True) takes a flat list and displays it on the grid.

The following arguments can be passed to the constructor:

columns = None
column_width = None,
row_height = 1,
values = None
always_show_cursor = False
select_whole_line = False (new in version 4.2)

Classes derived from SimpleGrid may wish to modify the following class attributes:

_contained_widgets    = textbox.Textfield
default_column_number = 4
additional_y_offset   = 0  # additional offset to leave within the widget before the grid
additional_x_offset   = 0  # additional offset to leave within the widget before the grid
select_whole_line   # highlight the whole line that the cursor is on
Like the simple grid, but uses the first two lines of the display to display the column titles. These can be provided as a col_titles argument at the time of construction, or by setting the col_titles attribute at any time. In either case, provide a list of strings.

Customizing the appearance of individual grid cells

New in version 4.8.2.

For some applications it may be desirable to customize the attributes of the contained grid widgets depending upon their content. Grid widgets call a method called custom_print_cell(actual_cell, display_value) after they have set the value of a cell and before the content of the cell is drawn to the screen. The parameter actual_cell is the underlying widget object being used for display, while display_value is the object that has been set as the content of the cell (which is the output of the display_value method).

The following code demonstrates how to use this facility to adjust the color of the text displayed in a grid. My thanks are due to Johan Lundström for suggesting this feature:

class MyGrid(npyscreen.GridColTitles):
    # You need to override custom_print_cell to manipulate how
    # a cell is printed. In this example we change the color of the
    # text depending on the string value of cell.
    def custom_print_cell(self, actual_cell, cell_display_value):
        if cell_display_value =='FAIL':
           actual_cell.color = 'DANGER'
        elif cell_display_value == 'PASS':
           actual_cell.color = 'GOOD'
           actual_cell.color = 'DEFAULT'

def myFunction(*args):
    # making an example Form
    F = npyscreen.Form(name='Example viewer')
    myFW = F.add(npyscreen.TitleText)
    gd = F.add(MyGrid)

    # Adding values to the Grid, this code just randomly
    # fills a 2 x 4 grid with random PASS/FAIL strings.
    gd.values = []
    for x in range(2):
        row = []
        for y in range(4):
            if bool(random.getrandbits(1)):

if __name__ == '__main__':

Widgets: Other Controls

Checkbox, RoundCheckBox

These offer a single option - the label is generated from the attribute name, as for titled widgets. The attribute value is either true or false.

The function whenToggled(self) is called when the user toggles the state of the checkbox. You can overload it.

This has no label, and is only useful in special circumstances. It was added at user request.
CheckBoxMultiline, RoundCheckBoxMultiline

This widgets allow the label of the checkbox to be more than one line long. The name of the widget should be specified as a list or tuple of strings.

To use these widgets as part of a multiline widget, do the following:

class MultiSelectWidgetOfSomeKind(npyscreen.MultiSelect):
    _contained_widgets = npyscreen.CheckBoxMultiline
    _contained_widget_height = 2

    def display_value(self, vl):
        # this function should return a list of strings.

New in version 2.0pre83.

Functionally similar to the Checkbox widgets, but looking different. The Button is usually used for OK and Cancel Buttons on Forms and similar things, though they should probably be replaced with the ButtonPress type. The colour that the button is shown when selected is either an inverse of the colour of the button, or else selected by the attribute cursor_color. This value can also be passed in to the constructor. If this value is None, the inverse of the button colour will be used.

Not a toggle, but a control. This widget has the method whenPressed(self), which you should overload to do your own things.

From version 4.3.0 onwards, the constructor accepts an argument when_pressed_function=None. If a callable is specified in this way, if will be called instead of the method whenPressed. NB. The when_pressed_function functionality is potentially dangerous. It can set up a circular reference that the garbage collector will never free. If this is a risk for your program, it is best to subclass this object and override the when_pressed_function method instead.


A common use of Checkbox is to offer the user the option to enter additional data. For example “Enter Expiry Date”. In such a case, the Form needs to display additional fields in some cases, but not in others. FormControlCheckbox makes this trivial.

Two methods are defined:


wg should be a widget.

This method does not create a widget, but instead puts an existing widget under the control of the FormControlCheckbox. If FormControlCheckbox is selected, the widget will be visible.

As many widgets as you wish can be added in this way.

Widgets registered in this way are visible only when the FormControlCheckbox is not selected.
AnnotateTextboxBase, TreeLineAnnotated, TreeLineSelectableAnnotated

The AnnotateTextboxBase class is mainly intended for use by the multiline listing widgets, for situations where each item displayed needs an annotation supplied to the left of the entry itself. The API for these classes is slightly ugly, because these classes were originally intended for internal use only. It is likely that more user-friendly versions will be supplied in a later release. Classes derived from AnnotateTextboxBase should define the following:

This class attribute defines how much margin to leave before the text entry widget itself. In the TreeLineAnnotated class the margin needed is calculated dynamically, and ANNOTATE_WIDTH is not needed.
This function should return a tuple consisting of the string to display as the annotation and the name of the colour to use when displaying it. The colour will be ignored on B/W displays, but should be provided in all cases, and the string should not be longer than ANNOTATE_WIDTH, although by default the class does not check this.
annotationColor, annotationNoColor
These methods draw the annotation on the screen. If using strings only, these should not need overriding. If one is altered, the other should be too, since npyscreen will use one if the display is configured for colour and the other if configured for black and white.