I have installed Eclipse + PyDev + Python 3.2. Now I have two Python interpreters in PyDev: Python 2.7 and Python 3.2. If I try to execute command import pygtk with 2.7 interpreter it works fine, but with Python 3.2 it raises ImportError: No module named pygtk.

How can I get PyGTK to work with Python 3.2?

2 Answers 2


PyGTK has been deprecated in favor of PyGI+GTK. Because of that, a version of PyGTK for Python 3 was never written.

To use PyGI+GTK in Python 3, you need to install the python3-gobject package and do

from gi.repository import Gtk

For a quick introduction on porting PyGTK code to PyGI+GTK, see here:


For a full tutorial, see here:


  • "a version of PyGTK for Python 3 was never written." - that's not what the pygtk website says - do you mean was never packaged for ubuntu?
    – Random832
    Commented Nov 23, 2012 at 21:37
  • No, I mean it was never written. What exactly did you see in the pygtk website? Commented Dec 15, 2012 at 1:24
  • I misread someting about PyGObject - it's confusing that there are announcements about that on the PyGTK website: > PyGobject 2.26.0 has been released. This is the first stable release in the 2.26.x series and introduces initial support for introspection and Python 3. As usual, sources can be fetched from here. Check out the release announcement and full list of changes.
    – Random832
    Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 0:42

One small addition: python3-gobject was renamed python3-gi in Precise. You can still install via the old name, but if you don't need to support anything older than Precise, use python3-gi in your debian/control.

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