Gaphas 3 Documentation


This documentation is in the process of being updated for Gaphas 3.0.

Gaphas is the diagramming widget library for Python.

Gaphas has been built with extensibility in mind. It can be used for many drawing purposes, including vector drawing applications, and diagram drawing tools.

The basic idea is:

  • Gaphas has a Model-View-Controller design.

  • A model is presented as a protocol in Gaphas. This means that it’s very easy to define a class that acts as a model.

  • A model can be visualized by one or more Views.

  • A constraint solver is used to maintain item constraints and inter-item constraints.

  • The item (and user) should not be bothered with things like bounding-box calculations.

  • Very modular: The view contains the basic features. Painters and tools can be swapped out as needed.

  • Rendering using Cairo. This implies the diagrams can be exported in a number of formats, including PNG and SVG.

Gaphas is released under the terms of the Apache Software License, version 2.0.

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