How control a GUI for an unrelated application from a Python script?
El jue., 13 de jun. de 2019 a la(s) 21:37, Michael Torrie
(torriem at gmail.com) escribi?:
> On 06/13/2019 05:49 PM, Christian Seberino wrote:
> > I have a third party GUI that manages some hardware.
> > I want to control the hardware from a Python script.
> > This seems to mean I need to somehow have Python code
> > that imitates a human doing the necessary
> > actions on the GUI (selecting menu options, pressing buttons, etc.)
> > Is this possible
> > / easy
> > doable?
> It's kind of the old "if you have to ask" sort of question.
> There are ways of programatically driving other applications' user
> interfaces. You haven't said what OS you are using. We used to use an
> application called AutoIt to drive GUI programs. You can send clicks,
> keystrokes, and work with certain controls (read values, set values,
> etc), at least if they are standard win32 widgets. More and more
> applications draw their own controls these days rather than use win32
> widgets, which wouldn't be usable for that kind of modification.
> As far as modifying a running GUI to add functionality, the answer to
> that is probably "very difficult" to "impossible." If the GUI itself is
> just a frontend for command-line tools or even libraries that interact
> with the hardware, then you probably could develop your own GUI from
> This is one reason why free and open source software wins. It's just
> that much more flexible to manipulate and make to do cool new things.