Create and manipulate images


(image option ?arg arg ...?)


The image command is used to create, delete, and query images. It can take several different forms, depending on the option argument. The legal forms are:

(image 'create type ?name? ?option value ...?)
Creates a new image and returns its name. type specifies the type of the image, which must be one of the types currently defined (e.g., bitmap). name specifies the name for the image; if it is omitted then Tk picks a name of the form imagex, where x is an integer. There may be any number of option-value pairs, which provide configuration options for the new image. The legal set of options is defined separately for each image type; see below for details on the options for built-in image types. If an image already exists by the given name then it is replaced with the new image and any instances of that image will redisplay with the new contents.

(image 'delete name ?name name ...?)
Deletes each of the named images and returns an empty list. If there are instances of the images displayed in widgets, the images won't actually be deleted until all of the instances are released. However, the association between the instances and the image manager will be dropped. Existing instances will retain their sizes but redisplay as empty areas. If a deleted image is recreated with another call to image create, the existing instances will use the new image.

(image 'height name)
Returns a decimal string giving the height of image name in pixels.

(image 'names)
Returns a list containing the names of all existing images.

(image 'type name)
Returns the type of image name (the value of the type argument to image create when the image was created).

(image 'types)
Returns a list whose elements are all of the valid image types (i.e., all of the values that may be supplied for the type argument to image create).

(image 'width name)
Returns a decimal string giving the width of image name in pixels.


The following image types are defined by Tk so they will be available in any Tk application. Individual applications or extensions may define additional types.

Each pixel in the image displays a foreground color, a background color, or nothing. See the bitmap manual entry for more information.

Displays a variety of full-color images, using dithering to approximate colors on displays with limited color capabilities. See the photo manual entry for more information.

Displays a color images in X11 pixmap format. See the pixmap manual entry for more information.


bitmap, make-image, jpeg, photo, pixmap

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