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Multiline Text Editor
The :class:`Gtk.TextView` widget can be used to display and edit large amounts
of formatted text. Like the :class:`Gtk.TreeView`, it has a model/view design.
In this case the :class:`Gtk.TextBuffer` is the model which represents the text
being edited. This allows two or more :class:`Gtk.TextView` widgets to share the
same :class:`Gtk.TextBuffer`, and allows those text buffers to be displayed
slightly differently. Or you could maintain several text buffers and choose to
display each one at different times in the same :class:`Gtk.TextView` widget.
The View
The :class:`Gtk.TextView` is the frontend with which the user can add, edit and
delete textual data. They are commonly used to edit multiple lines of text.
When creating a :class:`Gtk.TextView` it contains its own default
:class:`Gtk.TextBuffer`, which you can access via the :meth:`Gtk.TextView.get_buffer`
By default, text can be added, edited and removed from the :class:`Gtk.TextView`.
You can disable this by calling :meth:`Gtk.TextView.set_editable`.
If the text is not editable, you usually want to hide the text cursor with
:meth:`Gtk.TextView.set_cursor_visible` as well. In some cases it may be useful
to set the justification of the text with :meth:`Gtk.TextView.set_justification`.
The text can be displayed at the left edge, (:attr:`Gtk.Justification.LEFT`),
at the right edge (:attr:`Gtk.Justification.RIGHT`), centered
(:attr:`Gtk.Justification.CENTER`), or distributed across the complete
width (:attr:`Gtk.Justification.FILL`).
Another default setting of the :class:`Gtk.TextView` widget is long lines of
text will continue horizontally until a break is entered. To wrap the text and
prevent it going off the edges of the screen call :meth:`Gtk.TextView.set_wrap_mode`.
TextView Objects
.. class:: Gtk.TextView
Creates a new :class:`Gtk.TextView` associated with an empty default
.. method:: get_buffer()
Returns the :class:`Gtk.TextBuffer` being displayed by this text view.
.. method:: set_editable(editable)
Sets the default editability of this :class:`Gtk.TextView`.
.. method:: set_cursor_visible(visible)
Toggles whether the insertion point is displayed. A buffer with no
editable text probably shouldn't have a visible cursor, so you may want
to turn the cursor off.
.. method:: set_justification(justification)
Sets the default justification of text.
*justification* can be one of the following values:
* :attr:`Gtk.Justification.LEFT`: Text is placed at the left edge.
* :attr:`Gtk.Justification.RIGHT`: Text is placed at the right edge.
* :attr:`Gtk.Justification.CENTER`: Text is placed in the center.
* :attr:`Gtk.Justification.FILL`: Text is distributed across the
complete width.
.. method:: set_wrap_mode(wrap_mode)
Sets the line wrapping for the view.
*wrap_mode* can be one of the following values:
* :attr:`Gtk.WrapMode.NONE`: Do not wrap lines; just make the text area
* :attr:`Gtk.WrapMode.CHAR`: Wrap text, breaking lines anywhere the cursor
can appear (between characters, usually).
* :attr:`Gtk.WrapMode.WORD`: Wrap text, breaking lines in between words.
* :attr:`Gtk.WrapMode.WORD_CHAR`: Wrap text, breaking lines in between
words, or if that is not enough, also between `graphemes`_.
The Model
The :class:`Gtk.TextBuffer` is the core of the :class:`Gtk.TextView` widget, and
is used to hold whatever text is being displayed in the :class:`Gtk.TextView`.
Setting and retrieving the contents is possible with :meth:`Gtk.TextBuffer.set_text`
and :meth:`Gtk.TextBuffer.get_text`.
However, most text manipulation is accomplished with *iterators*, represented by
a :class:`Gtk.TextIter`. An iterator represents a position between two characters
in the text buffer. Iterators are not valid indefinitely; whenever the buffer is
modified in a way that affects the contents of the buffer, all outstanding
iterators become invalid.
Because of this, iterators can't be used to preserve positions across buffer
modifications. To preserve a position, use :class:`Gtk.TextMark`.
A text buffer contains two built-in marks; an "insert" mark (which is the position
of the cursor) and the "selection_bound" mark. Both of them can be retrieved using
:meth:`Gtk.TextBuffer.get_insert` and :meth:`Gtk.TextBuffer.get_selection_bound`,
respectively. By default, the location of a :class:`Gtk.TextMark` is not shown.
This can be changed by calling :meth:`Gtk.TextMark.set_visible`.
Many methods exist to retrieve a :class:`Gtk.TextIter`. For instance,
:meth:`Gtk.TextBuffer.get_start_iter` returns an iterator pointing to the first
position in the text buffer, whereas :meth:`Gtk.TextBuffer.get_end_iter` returns
an iterator pointing past the last valid character. Retrieving the bounds of
the selected text can be achieved by calling
To insert text at a specific position use :meth:`Gtk.TextBuffer.insert`.
Another useful method is :meth:`Gtk.TextBuffer.insert_at_cursor` which inserts
text wherever the cursor may be currently positioned. To remove portions of
the text buffer use :meth:`Gtk.TextBuffer.delete`.
In addition, :class:`Gtk.TextIter` can be used to locate textual matches in the
buffer using :meth:`Gtk.TextIter.forward_search` and
The start and end iters are used as the starting point of the search and move
forwards/backwards depending on requirements.
TextBuffer Objects
.. class:: Gtk.TextBuffer
.. method:: set_text(text[, length])
Deletes current contents of this buffer, and inserts *length* characters
of *text* instead. If *length* is -1 or omitted, *text* is inserted
.. method:: get_text(start_iter, end_iter)
Returns the text in the range *start_iter* (included) and *end_iter*
(excluded). Excludes undisplayed text.
.. method:: get_insert()
Returns the :class:`Gtk.TextMark` that represents the cursor (insertion
.. method:: get_selection_bound()
Returns the :class:`Gtk.TextMark` that represents the selection bound.
.. method:: create_mark(mark_name, where[, left_gravity])
Creates a :class:`Gtk.TextMark` at the position of the :class:`Gtk.TextIter`
*where*. If *mark_name* is ``None``, the mark is anonymous; otherwise,
the mark can be retrieved by name using :meth:`get_mark`. If a mark has
left gravity, and text is inserted at the mark's current location,
the mark will be moved to the left of the newly-inserted text.
If the mark has right gravity (*left_gravity* is ``False``), the mark will
end up on the right of newly-inserted text. The standard left-to-right
cursor is a mark with right gravity (when you type, the cursor stays on
the right side of the text you're typing).
If *left_gravity* is omitted, it defaults to ``False``.
.. method:: get_mark(mark_name)
Returns the :class:`Gtk.TextMark` named name in this buffer, or ``None``
if no such mark exists in the buffer.
.. method:: get_start_iter()
Returns a :class:`Gtk.TextIter` pointing to first position in this buffer.
.. method:: get_end_iter()
Returns a :class:`Gtk.TextIter` pointing past the last valid character
in this buffer.
.. method:: get_selection_bounds()
Returns a tuple of two :class:`Gtk.TextIter` objects pointing to the
first character of the selection and to the first character after the
selection, respectively. If no text is selected an empty tuple is returned.
.. method:: insert(text_iter, text[, length])
Inserts *length* characters of *text* at position *text_iter*.
If *length* is -1 or omitted, *text* is inserted completely.
.. method:: insert_at_cursor(text[, length])
Simply calls :meth:`insert`, using the current cursor position as the
insertion point.
.. method:: delete(start_iter, end_iter)
Deletes text between *start_iter* and *end_iter*.
.. method:: create_tag(tag_name, **kwargs)
Creates a tag and adds it to the tag table of this buffer.
If *tag_name* is ``None``, the tag is anonymous, otherwise a tag with
the same name must not already exist in the tag table of the buffer.
*kwargs* is an arbitrary number of key-value pairs that represent a list
properties to set on the tag, as with ``tag.set_property(prop_name, value)``.
.. method:: apply_tag(tag, start_iter, end_iter)
Applies *tag* to the given range.
.. method:: remove_tag(tag, start_iter, end_iter)
Removes all occurrences of *tag* from the given range.
.. method:: remove_all_tags(start_iter, end_iter)
Removes all tags in the given range.
.. class:: Gtk.TextIter
.. method:: forward_search(needle, flags, limit)
Searches forward for *needle*. The search will not continue past the
:class:`Gtk.TextIter` *limit*.
*flags* can be set to one of the following, or any combination of it by
concatenating them with the bitwise-OR operator ``|``.
* 0: The match must be exact.
* :attr:`Gtk.TextSearchFlags.VISIBLE_ONLY`: The match may have invisible
text interspersed in *needle*. i.e. *needle* will be a
possibly-noncontiguous subsequence of the matched range.
* :attr:`Gtk.TextSearchFlags.TEXT_ONLY`: The match may have pixbufs or
child widgets mixed inside the matched range.
* :attr:`Gtk.TextSearchFlags.CASE_INSENSITIVE`: The text will be matched
regardless of what case it is in.
Returns a tupel containing a :class:`Gtk.TextIter` pointing to the start
and to the first character after the match. If no match was found,
``None`` is returned.
.. method:: backward_search(needle, flags, limit)
Same as :meth:`forward_search`, but moves backward.
.. class:: Gtk.TextMark
.. method:: set_visible(visible)
Sets the visibility of this mark; the insertion point is normally visible,
i.e. you can see it as a vertical bar. Also, the text widget uses a
visible mark to indicate where a drop will occur when dragging-and-dropping
text. Most other marks are not visible. Marks are not visible by default.
Text in a buffer can be marked with tags. A tag is an attribute that can be
applied to some range of text. For example, a tag might be called "bold" and make
the text inside the tag bold. However, the tag concept is more general than that;
tags don't have to affect appearance. They can instead affect the behaviour of
mouse and key presses, "lock" a range of text so the user can't edit it, or
countless other things. A tag is represented by a :class:`Gtk.TextTag` object.
One :class:`Gtk.TextTag` can be applied to any number of text ranges in any number
of buffers.
Each tag is stored in a :class:`Gtk.TextTagTable`. A tag table defines a set of
tags that can be used together. Each buffer has one tag table associated with it;
only tags from that tag table can be used with the buffer. A single tag table can
be shared between multiple buffers, however.
To specify that some text in the buffer should have specific formatting, you must
define a tag to hold that formatting information, and then apply that tag to the
region of text using :meth:`Gtk.TextBuffer.create_tag`
and :meth:`Gtk.TextBuffer.apply_tag`::
tag = textbuffer.create_tag("orange_bg", background="orange")
textbuffer.apply_tag(tag, start_iter, end_iter)
The following are some of the common styles applied to text:
* Background colour ("foreground" property)
* Foreground colour ("background" property)
* Underline ("underline" property)
* Bold ("weight" property)
* Italics ("style" property)
* Strikethrough ("strikethrough" property)
* Justification ("justification" property)
* Size ("size" and "size-points" properties)
* Text wrapping ("wrap-mode" property)
You can also delete particular tags later using :meth:`Gtk.TextBuffer.remove_tag`
or delete all tags in a given region by calling :meth:`Gtk.TextBuffer.remove_all_tags`.
.. image:: ../images/textview_example.png
.. literalinclude:: ../examples/
.. _graphemes: