Kivy - Open source Python library for rapid development of applications
that make use of innovative user interfaces, such as multi-touch apps.

Cross platform

Kivy runs on Linux, Windows, OS X, Android, iOS, and Raspberry Pi. You can run the same code on all supported platforms.

It can natively use most inputs, protocols and devices including WM_Touch, WM_Pen, Mac OS X Trackpad and Magic Mouse, Mtdev, Linux Kernel HID, TUIO. A multi-touch mouse simulator is included.

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Kivy is 100% free to use, under an MIT license (starting from 1.7.2) and LGPL 3 for the previous versions. The toolkit is professionally developed, backed and used. You can use it in a commercial product.

The framework is stable and has a well documented API, plus a programming guide to help you get started.

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GPU Accelerated

The graphics engine is built over OpenGL ES 2, using a modern and fast graphics pipeline.

The toolkit comes with more than 20 widgets, all highly extensible. Many parts are written in C using Cython, and tested with regression tests.

Usage example

See how easy it is to create a simple Hello World application that shows an actionable button:


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The current version is 1.11.0, released on June 1st, 2019. Read the Changelog.

Installation instructions can be found here.

Operating SystemFileInstructionsSize
Windows 7, 8, 10 (32/64 bit) Python 2.7 and 3.5 to 3.7 is supported. Install using pip, follow the instructions hereInstallation on Windows ..
OS X 10.9 or later

Install using pip, either using the system python (python2.7), or an installed python from 3.5 to 3.7.

Or install using
Python 3 123.0MB OSX > 10.13.5
Python 2 92.7MB OSX > 10.13.5

Installation on macOS ..
Linux (Ubuntu, Mageia, Arch, ..) Python 3.5 to 3.7 wheels using pip, follow the instructions here. Or from source for Python 2.7, 3.5 to 3.7: Kivy-1.11.0.tar.gz (Mirror) Installation on Linux 23 Mb

Install using conda with conda-forge: conda install kivy -c conda-forge.

Supports Windows, OSX, and Ubuntu.
For audio/video support also install gstreamer and gst-plugins-base
on OSX and Ubuntu, or ffpyplayer on all platforms.

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Ubuntu PPA

Stable PPA
Daily PPA How to download zoom for macbook air.

12 Mb
OpenSUSE .. ..
Fedora .. ..
Android (>= 2.2, with OpenGL ES 2) Kivy Laucher 1.9.0 ( APK ) Packaging for Kivy Launcher 13 Mb
Raspberry Pi KivyPie - Image for Raspberry Pi containing Kivy Installation on Raspberry Pi 532 Mb
Slackware SlackBuilds - Downloads for installing Kivy on Slackware Installation on SlackWare ..


Demo examples are published on Google Play:

Create your own APK by following the documentation on Packaging for Android


Read the documentation on Packaging for IOS

Source code

Take a look at our guide toinstallation of the development version.


  • Or see the Wiki for a list of projects, snippets and more

Community Support

  • Report a bug or request a feature in our issue tracker
  • Ask your questions on the Kivy users forums
  • Or send an email to [email protected]

You can also try to contact us on Discord (online chat), but make sure to read the Discord rules before joining. Connect to Discord


The Kivy logo was made by Vincent Autin. The logo is placed under

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All the screenshots on the website that came from Kivy's examples are under the Public Domain.

All the screenshots in the Gallery are from their respective owners. Contact them first if you want to use the content.

About us

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Kivy is a community project, led by professional software developers. We are responsible for developing and supporting Kivy, alongside of the community. We also work for companies that use Kivy for their professional products.

Core developers
  • He became a programming expert from working in IT for years before starting with Kivy. He's French, and founded Melting Rocks.
    On IRC, he's tito.
  • Gabriel Pettier
    He is an Information Systems engineer. He's from France, but currently lives in the Netherlands.
    On IRC/discord/the internet, he's tshirtman.
  • He is a freelance developer. He is from India.
    On IRC, he's qua-non.
  • He is a software engineer, with a little time to make fun graphical interfaces. He lives in the UK.
    On IRC, he's inclement.
  • He is a developer using Kivy with Python to automate scientific research. He lives in the eastern USA.
    On IRC, he's matham.
  • Richard is an educational software developer (B.Sc, Hons) from South Africa. He likes being silly, meditating, music and hugging fluffy things. On IRC, he's ZenCODE.
  • Linux geek and open source addict, he works as a software architect and lives in Spain.
    On IRC, he's AndreMiras.

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  • George Sebastian (georgs)
  • Arnaud Waels (triselectif)
  • Joakim Gebart
  • Jonathan Schemoul
Past core developers
  • Thomas Hansen (hansent)
  • Christopher Denter (dennda)
  • Edwin Marshall (aspidites)
  • Jeff Pittman (geojeff)
  • Brian Knapp (knappador)
  • Ryan Pessa (kived)
  • Ben Rousch (brousch)
  • Jacob Kovac (kovak)
  • Armin Sebastian (dessant)
  • Thomas-Karl Pietrowski (thopiekar)
  • Peter Badida (KeyWeeUsr)
Special thanks
  • Mark Hembrow, who was one of our first sponsor, by giving us a Mac Mini. Which was used for all the build system: unit test on Windows / OS X and Ubuntu + building the HTML and PDF documentation.
  • Vincent Autin for his work as a designer for the project, specially on the logo.

Many people have contributed to Kivy and we're always interested in growing our community. If you want to help in terms of writing code, improving documentation, testing, etc. or simply making a donation, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Here is a list of talks about Kivy (if you have made a talk, don't hesitate to share it)

  • Interfaces tactiles et mobiles avec Kivy. (slides) 15 April 2017 - Robert Niederreiter
    Meetup Innsbruck, Austria
  • Interfaces tactiles et mobiles avec Kivy. (slides) 27 Octobre 2013 - Gabriel Pettier
    Pycon-fr, Strasbourg, France
  • Our journey to Kivy (slides) 3 Octobler 2013 - Richard Larkin
    PyconZA 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Utah Python August 2013 meeting 8 August 2013 - Jacob Kovac
    Utah Python August 2013 meeting
  • Kivy Intro and Tutorial
    2 March 2013 - Ben Rousch
    GrDevDay 2013 in Grad Rapids, MI, USA.
  • OpenGL and Python on computer and embed devices (slides)
    24 July 2012 - Mathieu Virbel
    EuroPython 2012 in Florence, Italia.
  • Kivy - Python UI Library for Any OS
    28 April 2012 - Rokas Aleksiūnas
    PyCon LT 2012 in Vilnius
  • NIU en Python: Kivy
    (Starting at 2:28:00 in the video)
    28 November 2011, Gabriel Pettier
    La Cantine in Paris, France
  • Spaß mit Natural User Interfaces und Python
    October 2011 - Ernesto Rico Schmidt
    PyCon DE 2011
  • Quick Multitouch Apps using Kivy and Python
    September 2011 - KP Singh (kpsfoo), N Chadha
    PyCon India 2011
  • GLES2 Python framework for NUI
    19 July 2011 - Mathieu Virbel
    RMLL 2011 in Strasbourg, France
  • Lightning talk about Kivy
    22 June 2011 - Mathieu Virbel
    Europython 2011 in Florence, Italia