What is a GUI application?

A GUI (Graphic User Interface) application helps users in interacting with different electronic devices through graphical and visual icons. GUI applications can also be used in handheld mobile devices like MP3 players, gaming devices, smartphones portable media players. They are also used in devices for household, office and industrial controls.

In this article, we will provide our readers withdifferent ways through standalone GUI applications can be developed:

Ways to create standalone GUI applications with Window’s Visual studio:

Visual studio is an important element for asp.net application development. Visual Studio provides a lot of scope to developers for creating a standalone GUI application. Users can create the GUI either through Windows Forms Application (WFA) or Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), which can be later used as a standalone .exe

Windows Forms:

Windows Forms serves as a platform for developing rich client applications across various windows devices.[2] It was launched as a replacement for the Microsoft Foundation class library.

Windows Presentation Forum (WPF):

Windows Presentation Forum is an important technology window app development. WPF offers a wide range of features such as 2D and 3D, typography, runtime animations, fixed and adaptive documents, vector graphics and focuses on unifying them. Also, there is the option to link and manipulate these elements based on different events.

The user interface for the GUI application can be created using the XAML language. XAML is the proprietary version of the XML language. The user interface can be created by simply dragging the elements and placing them wherever you want it to be in the design. Both C+ and C# can be used to create applications. The C# is generally preferred due to its huge advantages over C+.

The standalone binary file can be stored in the /bin/Release folder.

Windows Presentation Foundation is a versatile Microsoft app development software and is much easier to use.

Developing GUI applications with Python

Standalone GUI applications can also be developed with Python. Python is a high-level programming language. The process of creating a GUI application in Python is quite simple and easy to understand.

Python offers a wide range of open source platforms to build a GUI standalone application. Some of the platforms offered by Python are explained below:


PyQt implements the Qt library in its framework. The applications developed through this platform offer a similar look and features like other apps developed across other platforms. Also, the QT library has a huge community forum through which different tools and knowledge can be deployed.

PyQt owns a commercial and a GPL license. It also offers the users with an FAQ on the License to understand the terms and conditions better.


Tkinter is a standard GUI toolkit for Python. It uses the elements of Tcl/Tk. Tcl/Tk helps in designing user Interface and language pairing. Tkinter provides a large number of resources.

It also offers its users with a number of books and samples of codes to help them in building an application. It too has a huge community forum where a number of users interact to provide solutions to your queries and issues.


The third platform is WxPython. It offers the wxWidgets, which help in building cross-platform GUI applications. IT helps in building more native applications than applications built in Tkinter.

The app development process in the wxPyhton platform is quite simple. It too has a huge developer community forum. The wxPython platform is not preinstalled in Python. It has to be bundled with the applications to use the same. The License used by WxPyhton is OSI approved. It is used by many reputed asp net development company to build native applications.


Kivy is another library for Python. It helps in building great design for providing its users with a good interface. The codes used in the Kivy library can be re-used. The apps built through this platform are rich in media and have the multi-touch feature. Kivy also supports input devices like Mouse, TUIO, HIDtouch, Wiimote, WM_TOUCH, Dual Mouse, Apple’s products, and so on. Kivy is an open source library with a good community forum. It is also free to use.


Toga is a cross-platform GUI toolkit for building native applications. Toga makes use of a library consisting of different base components, which simplify the process of GUI app development. Toga is available on OS, Windows, Linux, Android, and IOS.

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Amit Agrawal Founder and COO at Cyber Infrastructure (P) Limited which is an custom software development company provides services such as custom application development, mobile application development, creative web design, Microsoft solutions, SAP solutions, open source development, Java development, Oracle development, big data solutions, digital experience solutions, CAD/CAM architectural services, testing automation, infrastructure automation and cloud, digital marketing, ITeS, etc