The pandastable library provides a table widget for Tkinter with plotting and data manipulation functionality. It uses the pandas DataFrame class to store table data. Pandas is an open source Python library providing high-performance data structures and data analysis tools. Tkinter is the standard GUI toolkit for python. It is intended for the following uses:
The DataExplore application using these classes is included in the distribution and is a self-contained application for educational and research use. Currently this focuses on providing a spreadsheet like interface for table manipulation withconfigurable 2D/3D plotting. A windows standalone installer is available that does not require Python installation.
Documentation is at http://pandastable.readthedocs.io/
Note: dataexplore has now been re-implemented in the Qt toolkit in a new app called Tablexplore. If you're only interested in the application and not the Tkinter widget, the new app is recommended.
Note 2: pandas 1.0 no longer supports msgpack format so the project files now use pickle. You will not be able to open your old project files in pandastable versions >0.12.1.
Requires python>=3.6 or 2.7 and numpy, matplotlib and pandas. These requirements should be satisfied automatically when using: (You may need to use pip3 to specify python version 3).
pip install pandastable
Install latest from github:
pip install -e git+https://github.com/dmnfarrell/pandastable.git#egg=pandastable
You can also install the dataexplore snap package on any linux distribution that supports snaps. This installs everything you need as one app:
sudo snap install dataexplore
see the docs for more details on installing.
What version of Python?
Python versions >=2.7 and >=3.6 are compatible. Python 3 is recommended if possible. For a similar table widget that works without pandas dataframes and has minimal dependencies see the previous incarnation, tkintertable.
Why use Tkinter?
Tkinter is still the standard GUI toolkit for python though it is sometimes disliked for its outdated appearance (especially on linux) and somewhat limited widget set. However largely because this library is based on an older one called tkintertable for drawing the table, I have stuck with tkinter rather than start from scratch using another toolkit.
Is this just a half-baked spreadsheet?
Hopefully not. Some of the basic functions are naturally present since it's a table. But there is no point in trying to mimic a proper spreadsheet app. pandas can do lots of stuff that would be nice for a non-programmer to utilize and that might not be available in a spreadsheet application.
Are there other better tools for dataframe visualization?
This depends as always on what is required. The ipython notebook is good for interactive use. bokeh is an advanced interactive plotting tool using modern generation web technologies for in browser rendering. This can handle dataframes. The goal of this project is to use DataFrames as the back end for a table widget that can be used in a desktop appplication.
Installing the package creates a command dataexplore in your path. Just run this to open the program. This is a standalone application for data manipulation and plotting meant for education and basic data analysis. See the home page for this application at http://dmnfarrell.github.io/pandastable/
If you use this software in your work please cite the following article:
Farrell, D 2016 DataExplore: An Application for General Data Analysis in Research and Education. Journal of Open Research Software, 4: e9, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/jors.94