On 29 Jun 2011, at 23:04, Diez B. Roggisch wrote:

On Jun 29, 2011, at 11:23 PM, Thomas Cool wrote:

I'm starting with PyObjC and am having some trouble creating windows
I am not a beginner at either python or cocoa by the way.

Here is what i am trying (both with macports python 2.6 and builtin python 2.6) on 10.6.8

from AppKit import *

simply this returns an error:

Wed Jun 29 16:23:09 TCi7.local python[10060] <Error>: kCGErrorInvalidConnection: CGSGetCurrentCursorLocation: Invalid connection
Wed Jun 29 16:23:09 TCi7.local python[10060] <Error>: kCGErrorInvalidConnection: CGSNewWindowWithOpaqueShape: Invalid connection
Traceback (most recent call last):
 File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
objc.error: NSInternalInconsistencyException - Error (1002) creating CGSWindow

Let me guess, you just wrote that into a script, and executed it?

It won't work in Objective-C either, if all you do is just to create a simple executable.

Instead, you need to create an application bundle, using py2app. Otherwise, the window-server refuses to accept connections. I never really bothered to get to know the gory details, but see e.g. this discussion:


And especially the related tech-note.


You need to create an application object first.

Try something like this.  

#!/usr/bin/env python
# encoding: utf-8

import sys
import os

# We need to import the relvant object definitions from PyObjC
from AppKit import *
from PyObjCTools import AppHelper

# Cocoa prefers composition to inheritance. The members of an object's
# delegate will be called upon the happening of certain events. Once we define
# methods with particular names, they will be called automatically
class Delegate (NSObject):
    def applicationDidFinishLaunching_(self, aNotification):
        '''Called automatically when the application has launched'''
        print "Hello, World!"

    def windowWillClose_(self, aNotification):
        '''Called automatically when the window is closed'''
        print "Window has been closed"
        # Terminate the application

def main():
    # Create a new application instance ...
    # ... and create its delgate.  Note the use of the
    # Objective C constructors below, because Delegate
    # is a subcalss of an Objective C class, NSObject
    delegate = Delegate.alloc().init()
    # Tell the application which delegate object to use.

    # Now we can can start to create the window ...
    frame = ((200.0, 300.0), (250.0, 100.0))
    # (Don't worry about these parameters for the moment. They just specify
    # the type of window, its size and position etc)
    w = NSWindow.alloc().initWithContentRect_styleMask_backing_defer_(frame, 15, 2, 0)
    # ... tell it which delegate object to use (here it happens
    # to be the same delegate as the application is using)...
    # ... and set some properties. Unicode strings are preferred.
    w.setTitle_(u'Hello, World!')
    # All set.  Now we can show the window ...
    # ... and start the application

if __name__ == '__main__':