An InfoBar provides an in-window method of displaying messages to the user. These can be warnings, errors, questions, information or other custom-made messages.


The InfoBar can be constructed using the following:

infobar = Gtk.InfoBar()


After construction, configuration of the message type may be needed. The InfoBar defaults to Gtk.MessageType.INFO, however it is also possible to display Gtk.MessageType.WARNING, Gtk.MessageType.ERROR, Gtk.MessageType.QUESTION or Gtk.MessageType.OTHER with:


Buttons can be added to the InfoBar to allow different responses to the message. These can be added with:

infobar.add_button(text, response_id)

The text value in the first method is a string of text which should be displayed on the button. The response_id parameter in both methods can be set to one of the following:

  • Gtk.ResponseType.NONE
  • Gtk.ResponseType.REJECT
  • Gtk.ResponseType.ACCEPT
  • Gtk.ResponseType.DELETE_EVENT
  • Gtk.ResponseType.OK
  • Gtk.ResponseType.CANCEL
  • Gtk.ResponseType.CLOSE
  • Gtk.ResponseType.YES
  • Gtk.ResponseType.NO
  • Gtk.ResponseType.APPLY
  • Gtk.ResponseType.HELP

Alternatively, multiple buttons can be added to the InfoBar via:

infobar.add_buttons(text, response_id, ...)

For every button text added to the list, it must also have an appropriate response_id.

When an InfoBar is no longer required, it is recommended to hide it from view with:


If multiple buttons are in use, it may be useful to set one as the default response. This allows the user to press Enter without any other action to run the default action:


The response_id specified here should match one of those specified when using .add_button().

Another useful feature is to be able to mark a button within the InfoBar as not sensitive. This can be achieved with:

infobar.set_response_sensitive(response_id, setting)

The response_id should be set to one of those specified when using .add_button(). The setting will be a True or False value, with False setting the button as insensitive (or greyed-out).

To configure whether a close button is displayed on the InfoBar, call:


When show_button is set to True, a button is shown which allows the InfoBar to be closed. When the button is pressed, the response Gtk.ResponseType.CLOSE is emitted.

The MessageDialog is constructed using several predefined Box widgets which give the shape of the dialog. The content_area is the place where you place widgets. The action_area is the place where buttons and other actionable widgets are place. Both can be retrieved with the methods:



The commonly used signals of a InfoBar are:

"close" (infobar)
"response" (infobar, response_id)

The "close" signal emits from the InfoBar when the Escape key is pressed. A "response" signal is emitted whenever a button within the InfoBar is clicked. The response_id varies depending on which action the user takes.


Below is an example of an InfoBar:

#!/usr/bin/env python3

from gi.repository import Gtk

class InfoBar(Gtk.Window):
    def __init__(self):
        self.connect("destroy", Gtk.main_quit)

        grid = Gtk.Grid()

        self.infobar = Gtk.InfoBar()
        self.infobar.connect("response", self.on_infobar_response)
        grid.attach(self.infobar, 0, 0, 1, 1)

        label = Gtk.Label("InfoBar content string.")
        content = self.infobar.get_content_area()

        buttonbox = Gtk.ButtonBox()
        grid.attach(buttonbox, 0, 1, 1, 1)

        buttonInformation = Gtk.Button(label="Information")
        buttonInformation.message_type = Gtk.MessageType.INFO
        buttonInformation.connect("clicked", self.on_button_clicked)
        buttonQuestion = Gtk.Button(label="Question")
        buttonQuestion.message_type = Gtk.MessageType.QUESTION
        buttonQuestion.connect("clicked", self.on_button_clicked)
        buttonWarning = Gtk.Button(label="Warning")
        buttonWarning.message_type = Gtk.MessageType.WARNING
        buttonWarning.connect("clicked", self.on_button_clicked)
        buttonError = Gtk.Button(label="Error")
        buttonError.message_type = Gtk.MessageType.ERROR
        buttonError.connect("clicked", self.on_button_clicked)
        buttonOther = Gtk.Button(label="Other")
        buttonOther.message_type = Gtk.MessageType.OTHER
        buttonOther.connect("clicked", self.on_button_clicked)

    def on_button_clicked(self, button):

    def on_infobar_response(self, infobar, respose_id):

window = InfoBar()


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