The Tkinter module comes with the normal Python installation. It allows you to create Python GUI programs for Windows, Linux or Unix on the Mac. In this snippet we put a GIF image (.gif) onto a form's canvas with just a few lines of code. Most of the lines are remarks to explain what is going on.

# Putting a gif image on a canvas with Tkinter
# tested with Python24 by  vegaseat  25jun2005

from Tkinter import *

# create the canvas, size in pixels
canvas = Canvas(width = 300, height = 200, bg = 'yellow')

# pack the canvas into a frame/form
canvas.pack(expand = YES, fill = BOTH)

# load the .gif image file
# put in your own gif file here, may need to add full path
# like 'C:/WINDOWS/Help/Tours/WindowsMediaPlayer/Img/mplogo.gif'
gif1 = PhotoImage(file = 'DrBunsen.gif')

# put gif image on canvas
# pic's upper left corner (NW) on the canvas is at x=50 y=10
canvas.create_image(50, 10, image = gif1, anchor = NW)

# run it ...

In case anybody wonders, the Tk root window, the one with the Tk symbol in the corner, is created by default.

What if you wanted to get an image from a webpage?

To get a GIF picture from the Internet ...

display an image obtained from an internet web page in Tkinter
tested with Python27 and Python34  by  vagaseat   21nov2012

import io
import base64
    # Python2
    import Tkinter as tk
    from urllib2 import urlopen
except ImportError:
    # Python3
    import tkinter as tk
    from urllib.request import urlopen

root = tk.Tk()
root.title("display a website image")
# a little more than width and height of image
w = 520
h = 320
x = 80
y = 100
# use width x height + x_offset + y_offset (no spaces!)
root.geometry("%dx%d+%d+%d" % (w, h, x, y))

# this GIF picture previously downloaded to
image_url = ""

image_byt = urlopen(image_url).read()
image_b64 = base64.encodestring(image_byt)
photo = tk.PhotoImage(data=image_b64)

# create a white canvas
cv = tk.Canvas(bg='white')
cv.pack(side='top', fill='both', expand='yes')

# put the image on the canvas with
# create_image(xpos, ypos, image, anchor)
cv.create_image(10, 10, image=photo, anchor='nw')


how do you resize the image or do some editing ?

I'm using this code snippet and i'm trying to get the background to display, but all I get is the grey window. All of my widgets display correctly though. Their code for the widghets is below the canvas code.

 bg_Image = tk.PhotoImage(file = 'Earth.gif')
        canvas = tk.Canvas(master, width = 500, height = 500, bg = '#d3d3d3')
        canvas.create_image(50, 10, image=bg_Image, anchor='nw')

I dont get any error in the shell and the rest of the code runs correctly. These 4 lines just seem to not like me