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# Based on this file: 
#   https://github.com/pallets/werkzeug/blob/master/werkzeug/_reloader.py


import time, os, sys, subprocess

PY2 = sys.version_info[0] == 2

class Reloader(object):

    RELOADING_CODE = 3
    def start_process(self):
        """Spawn a new Python interpreter with the same arguments as this one,
        but running the reloader thread.
        """
        while True:
            print("starting Tkinter application...")

            args = [sys.executable] + sys.argv
            new_environ = os.environ.copy()
            new_environ['TKINTER_RUN_MAIN'] = 'true'

            # a weird bug on windows. sometimes unicode strings end up in the
            # environment and subprocess.call does not like this, encode them
            # to latin1 and continue.
            if os.name == 'nt' and PY2:
                for key, value in new_environ.iteritems():
                    if isinstance(value, unicode):
                        new_environ[key] = value.encode('iso-8859-1')

            exit_code = subprocess.call(args, env=new_environ,
                                        close_fds=False)
            if exit_code != self.RELOADING_CODE:
                return exit_code

    def trigger_reload(self):
        self.log_reload()
        sys.exit(self.RELOADING_CODE)

    def log_reload(self):
        print("reloading...")

def run_with_reloader(root, *hotkeys):
    """Run the given function in an independent python interpreter."""
    import signal
    signal.signal(signal.SIGTERM, lambda *args: sys.exit(0))
    reloader = Reloader()
    try:
        if os.environ.get('TKINTER_RUN_MAIN') == 'true':

            for hotkey in hotkeys:
                root.bind_all(hotkey, lambda event: reloader.trigger_reload())
                
            if os.name == 'nt':
                root.wm_state("iconic")
                root.wm_state("zoomed")

            root.mainloop()
        else:
            sys.exit(reloader.start_process())
    except KeyboardInterrupt:
        pass

if __name__ == "__main__":
    from tkinter import Tk, Label
    
    class App(Tk):
        def __init__(self):
            Tk.__init__(self)

            Label(self, text="Press Control+r to reload...").pack()

    run_with_reloader(App(), "<Control-R>", "<Control-r>")

Diff to Previous Revision

--- revision 4 2016-11-11 18:04:03
+++ revision 5 2016-11-13 19:50:12
@@ -52,8 +52,8 @@
                 root.bind_all(hotkey, lambda event: reloader.trigger_reload())
                 
             if os.name == 'nt':
-                root.wm_attributes("-topmost", 1)
-                root.after(1000, lambda:app.wm_attributes("-topmost", 0))
+                root.wm_state("iconic")
+                root.wm_state("zoomed")
 
             root.mainloop()
         else:

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