timer – How do I get my Python program to sleep for 50 milliseconds?

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How do I get my Python program to sleep for 50 milliseconds?

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The Answer 1

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Use time.sleep()

from time import sleep
sleep(0.05)

The Answer 2

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Note that if you rely on sleep taking exactly 50┬áms, you won’t get that. It will just be about it.

The Answer 3

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Use time.sleep():

import time
time.sleep(50 / 1000)

See the Python documentation: https://docs.python.org/library/time.html#time.sleep

The Answer 4

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There is a module called ‘time’ which can help you. I know two ways:

  1. sleep

    Sleep (reference) asks the program to wait, and then to do the rest of the code.

    There are two ways to use sleep:

    import time # Import whole time module
    print("0.00 seconds")
    time.sleep(0.05) # 50 milliseconds... make sure you put time. if you import time!
    print("0.05 seconds")
    
    

    The second way doesn’t import the whole module, but it just sleep.

    from time import sleep # Just the sleep function from module time
    print("0.00 sec")
    sleep(0.05) # Don't put time. this time, as it will be confused. You did
                # not import the whole module
    print("0.05 sec")
    
    
  2. Using time since Unix time.

    This way is useful if you need a loop to be running. But this one is slightly more complex.

    time_not_passed = True
    from time import time # You can import the whole module like last time. Just don't forget the time. before to signal it.
    
    init_time = time() # Or time.time() if whole module imported
    print("0.00 secs")
    while True: # Init loop
        if init_time + 0.05 <= time() and time_not_passed: # Time not passed variable is important as we want this to run once. !!! time.time() if whole module imported :O
            print("0.05 secs")
            time_not_passed = False
    
    

The Answer 5

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You can also do it by using the Timer() function.

Code:

from threading import Timer

def hello():
  print("Hello")

t = Timer(0.05, hello)
t.start()  # After 0.05 seconds, "Hello" will be printed

The Answer 6

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You can also use pyautogui as:

import pyautogui
pyautogui._autoPause(0.05, False)

If the first argument is not None, then it will pause for first argument’s seconds, in this example: 0.05 seconds

If the first argument is None, and the second argument is True, then it will sleep for the global pause setting which is set with:

pyautogui.PAUSE = int

If you are wondering about the reason, see the source code:

def _autoPause(pause, _pause):
    """If `pause` is not `None`, then sleep for `pause` seconds.
    If `_pause` is `True`, then sleep for `PAUSE` seconds (the global pause setting).

    This function is called at the end of all of PyAutoGUI's mouse and keyboard functions. Normally, `_pause`
    is set to `True` to add a short sleep so that the user can engage the failsafe. By default, this sleep
    is as long as `PAUSE` settings. However, this can be override by setting `pause`, in which case the sleep
    is as long as `pause` seconds.
    """
    if pause is not None:
        time.sleep(pause)
    elif _pause:
        assert isinstance(PAUSE, int) or isinstance(PAUSE, float)
        time.sleep(PAUSE)

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