# wx.DirPickerCtrl¶

This control allows the user to select a directory.

The generic implementation is a button which brings up a wx.DirDialog when clicked. Native implementation may differ but this is usually a (small) widget which give access to the dir-chooser dialog. It is only available if USE_DIRPICKERCTRL is set to 1 (the default).

## Window Styles¶

This class supports the following styles:

• wx.DIRP_DEFAULT_STYLE: The default style: includes wx.DIRP_DIR_MUST_EXIST and, under wxMSW only, wx.DIRP_USE_TEXTCTRL.

• wx.DIRP_USE_TEXTCTRL: Creates a text control to the left of the picker button which is completely managed by the wx.DirPickerCtrl and which can be used by the user to specify a path (see SetPath). The text control is automatically synchronized with button’s value. Use functions defined in wx.PickerBase to modify the text control.

• wx.DIRP_DIR_MUST_EXIST: Creates a picker which allows selecting only existing directories in the popup wx.DirDialog. Notice that, as with FLP_FILE_MUST_EXIST , it is still possible to enter a non-existent directory even when this file is specified if DIRP_USE_TEXTCTRL style is also used. Also note that if DIRP_USE_TEXTCTRL is not used, the native wxGTK implementation always uses this style as it doesn’t support selecting non-existent directories.

• wx.DIRP_CHANGE_DIR: Change current working directory on each user directory selection change.

• wx.DIRP_SMALL: Use smaller version of the control with a small “…” button instead of the normal “Browse” one. This flag is new since wxWidgets 2.9.3.

## Events Emitted by this Class¶

Handlers bound for the following event types will receive a wx.FileDirPickerEvent parameter.

• EVT_DIRPICKER_CHANGED: The user changed the directory selected in the control either using the button or using text control (see wx.DIRP_USE_TEXTCTRL; note that in this case the event is fired only if the user’s input is valid, e.g. an existing directory path).

## Class Hierarchy¶

Inheritance diagram for class DirPickerCtrl:

wxMSW

wxMAC

wxGTK

## Methods Summary¶

 __init__ Create Creates the widgets with the given parameters. GetClassDefaultAttributes GetPath Returns the absolute path of the currently selected directory. SetInitialDirectory Set the directory to show when starting to browse for directories. SetPath Sets the absolute path of the currently selected directory.

## Class API¶

class wx.DirPickerCtrl(PickerBase)

Possible constructors:

DirPickerCtrl()

DirPickerCtrl(parent, id=ID_ANY, path="",
message=DirSelectorPromptStr, pos=DefaultPosition, size=DefaultSize,
style=DIRP_DEFAULT_STYLE, validator=DefaultValidator,
name=DirPickerCtrlNameStr)


This control allows the user to select a directory.

### Methods¶

__init__(self, *args, **kw)

__init__ (self)

__init__ (self, parent, id=ID_ANY, path=””, message=DirSelectorPromptStr, pos=DefaultPosition, size=DefaultSize, style=DIRP_DEFAULT_STYLE, validator=DefaultValidator, name=DirPickerCtrlNameStr)

Initializes the object and calls Create with all the parameters.

Parameters
• parent (wx.Window) –

• id (wx.WindowID) –

• path (string) –

• message (string) –

• pos (wx.Point) –

• size (wx.Size) –

• style (long) –

• validator (wx.Validator) –

• name (string) –

Create(self, parent, id=ID_ANY, path="", message=DirSelectorPromptStr, pos=DefaultPosition, size=DefaultSize, style=DIRP_DEFAULT_STYLE, validator=DefaultValidator, name=DirPickerCtrlNameStr)

Creates the widgets with the given parameters.

Parameters
• parent (wx.Window) – Parent window, must not be not None.

• id (wx.WindowID) – The identifier for the control.

• path (string) – The initial directory shown in the control. Must be a valid path to a directory or the empty string.

• message (string) – The message shown to the user in the wx.DirDialog shown by the control.

• pos (wx.Point) – Initial position.

• size (wx.Size) – Initial size.

• style (long) – The window style, see DIRP_ flags.

• validator (wx.Validator) – Validator which can be used for additional date checks.

• name (string) – Control name.

Return type

bool

Returns

True if the control was successfully created or False if creation failed.

static GetClassDefaultAttributes(variant=WINDOW_VARIANT_NORMAL)
Parameters

variant (WindowVariant) –

Return type

wx.VisualAttributes

GetPath(self)

Returns the absolute path of the currently selected directory.

Return type

string

SetInitialDirectory(self, dir)

Set the directory to show when starting to browse for directories.

This function is mostly useful for the directory picker controls which have no selection initially to configure the directory that should be shown if the user starts browsing for directories as otherwise the initially selected directory is used, which is usually the desired behaviour and so the directory specified by this function is ignored in this case.

Parameters

dir (string) –

New in version 2.9.4.

SetPath(self, dirname)

Sets the absolute path of the currently selected directory.

If the control uses DIRP_DIR_MUST_EXIST and does not use DIRP_USE_TEXTCTRL style, the dirname must be a name of an existing directory and will be simply ignored by the native wxGTK implementation if this is not the case.

Parameters

dirname (string) –

### Properties¶

Path