text(txt, x, y, width=None, height=None, outline=False, draw=True)

Draws a string of text according to the current font settings.

This command takes 3 mandatory arguments: the string of text to write and the (x, y) coordinates of the baseline origin.

If width is set, the text will wrap (move to the next line) when it exceeds the specified value. Setting height will limit the vertical size of the text box, after which no text will be drawn.

If the outline option is true, the resulting object will be a BezierPath instead of a Text object. It’s an alternative to using textpath().

# when using text(), the origin point
# is on the text baseline
arrow(12, 65, 10, type=FORTYFIVE, fill='#ff9966')
# place the text box
font("Inconsolata", 50)
text("Bot", 12, 65)
font(fontpath=None, fontsize=None)

Sets the font to be used in new text instances. Accepts a system font name, e.g. “Inconsolata Bold”, and an optional font size value. Returns the current font name.

A full list of your system’s font names can be viewed with the pango-list command in a terminal.


font("Liberation Mono")
text("Bot", 35, 25)
font("Liberation Mono Italic")
text("Bot", 35, 45)
font("Liberation Mono Bold")
text("Bot", 35, 65)
font("Liberation Mono Bold Italic")
text("Bot", 35, 85)

Variable fonts are supported. You can specify the value for an axis using keyword arguments with the var_ prefix: to set the wdth axis to 100, use var_wdth=100.

Alternatively, you can provide a vars dictionary with each axis’s values, e.g. font("Inconsolata", vars={"wdth": 100, "wght": 600})


for x, y in grid(5, 4, 20, 22):
    font("Inconsolata", var_wdth=y+50, var_wght=x*12)
    text("R", 3+x, 25+y)

Note that for the above example to work, you need to install the variable version of Inconsolata.


Sets the size of the current font to use, and returns the current size.

textpath(txt, x, y, width=None, height=1000000, draw=False)

Returns an outlined path of the input text.

For an explanation of the parameters, see text(). Note that, unline text(), the draw option is False by default, as this command is meant for doing further manipulation on the text path before rendering it.

textmetrics(txt, width=None, height=None)

Returns a (width, height) tuple with the dimensions of the text box containing a string of text, according to the current font settings.

textbounds(txt, width=None, height=None)

Returns a (width, height) tuple with the dimensions of the actual shapes (inked part) of a string of text, according to the current font settings.

textwidth(txt, width=None)

Accepts a string and returns its width, according to the current font settings.

textheight(txt, width=None)

Accepts a string and returns its height, according to the current font settings.


Set the space between lines of text.


Set the way lines of text align with each other. Values can be LEFT, CENTER or RIGHT.

fontoptions(hintstyle=None, hintmetrics=None, subpixelorder=None, antialias=None)

Sets text rendering options.

The antialias option specifies the type of antialiasing to do:

  • default – use the default antialiasing for the subsystem and target device

  • none – no antialiasing

  • gray – single-color antialiasing

  • subpixel – take advantage of the order of subpixel elements on devices such as LCD panels

  • fast – prefer speed over quality

  • good – balance quality against performance

  • best – render at the highest quality, sacrificing speed if necessary

The subpixelorder sets the order to use with the antialias subpixel option:

  • rgb – arranged horizontally with red at the left

  • bgr – arranged horizontally with blue at the left

  • vrgb – arranged vertically with red at the top

  • vbgr – arranged vertically with blue at the top

The hintstyle option sets the amount of font hinting to apply:

  • default – use the default hint style for font backend and target device

  • none – do not hint outlines

  • slight – improve contrast while retaining good fidelity to the original shapes

  • medium – compromise between fidelity to the original shapes and contrast

  • full – maximize contrast

The hintmetrics option (on or off) deals with hint metrics, which means quantizing (or “rounding”) glyph outlines so that they are integer values. Doing this improves the consistency of letter and line spacing, but it also means that text will be laid out differently at different zoom factors.