python – Print in one line dynamically

The Question :

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I would like to make several statements that give standard output without seeing newlines in between statements.

Specifically, suppose I have:

for item in range(1,100):
    print item

The result is:

1
2
3
4
.
.
.

How get this to instead look like:

1 2 3 4 5 ...

Even better, is it possible to print the single number over the last number, so only one number is on the screen at a time?

The Question Comments :

The Answer 1

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Change print item to:

  • print item, in Python 2.7
  • print(item, end=" ") in Python 3

If you want to print the data dynamically use following syntax:

  • print(item, sep=' ', end='', flush=True) in Python 3

The Answer 2

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By the way…… How to refresh it every time so it print mi in one place just change the number.

In general, the way to do that is with terminal control codes. This is a particularly simple case, for which you only need one special character: U+000D CARRIAGE RETURN, which is written '\r' in Python (and many other languages). Here’s a complete example based on your code:

from sys import stdout
from time import sleep
for i in range(1,20):
    stdout.write("\r%d" % i)
    stdout.flush()
    sleep(1)
stdout.write("\n") # move the cursor to the next line

Some things about this that may be surprising:

  • The \r goes at the beginning of the string so that, while the program is running, the cursor will always be after the number. This isn’t just cosmetic: some terminal emulators get very confused if you do it the other way around.
  • If you don’t include the last line, then after the program terminates, your shell will print its prompt on top of the number.
  • The stdout.flush is necessary on some systems, or you won’t get any output. Other systems may not require it, but it doesn’t do any harm.

If you find that this doesn’t work, the first thing you should suspect is that your terminal emulator is buggy. The vttest program can help you test it.

You could replace the stdout.write with a print statement but I prefer not to mix print with direct use of file objects.

The Answer 3

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Use print item, to make the print statement omit the newline.

In Python 3, it’s print(item, end=" ").

If you want every number to display in the same place, use for example (Python 2.7):

to = 20
digits = len(str(to - 1))
delete = "\b" * (digits + 1)
for i in range(to):
    print "{0}{1:{2}}".format(delete, i, digits),

In Python 3, it’s a bit more complicated; here you need to flush sys.stdout or it won’t print anything until after the loop has finished:

import sys
to = 20
digits = len(str(to - 1))
delete = "\b" * (digits)
for i in range(to):
   print("{0}{1:{2}}".format(delete, i, digits), end="")
   sys.stdout.flush()

The Answer 4

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Like the other examples,
I use a similar approach but instead of spending time calculating out the last output length, etc,

I simply use ANSI code escapes to move back to the beginning of the line and then clear that entire line before printing my current status output.

import sys

class Printer():
    """Print things to stdout on one line dynamically"""
    def __init__(self,data):
        sys.stdout.write("\r\x1b[K"+data.__str__())
        sys.stdout.flush()

To use in your iteration loop you would just call something like:

x = 1
for f in fileList:
    ProcessFile(f)
    output = "File number %d completed." % x
    Printer(output)
    x += 1   

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The Answer 5

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change

print item

to

print "\033[K", item, "\r",
sys.stdout.flush()

  • “\033[K” clears to the end of the line
  • the \r, returns to the beginning of the line
  • the flush statement makes sure it shows up immediately so you get real-time output.

The Answer 6

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You can add a trailing comma to your print statement to print a space instead of a newline in each iteration:

print item,

Alternatively, if you’re using Python 2.6 or later, you can use the new print function, which would allow you to specify that not even a space should come at the end of each item being printed (or allow you to specify whatever end you want):

from __future__ import print_function
...
print(item, end="")

Finally, you can write directly to standard output by importing it from the sys module, which returns a file-like object:

from sys import stdout
...
stdout.write( str(item) )

The Answer 7

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So many complicated answers. If you have python 3, simply put \r at the start of the print, and add end='', flush=True to it:

import time

for i in range(10):
    print(f'\r{i} foo bar', end='', flush=True)
    time.sleep(0.5)

This will write 0 foo bar, then 1 foo bar etc, in-place.

The Answer 8

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I think a simple join should work:

nl = []
for x in range(1,10):nl.append(str(x))
print ' '.join(nl)

The Answer 9

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Another answer that I’m using on 2.7 where I’m just printing out a “.” every time a loop runs (to indicate to the user that things are still running) is this:

print "\b.",

It prints the “.” characters without spaces between each. It looks a little better and works pretty well. The \b is a backspace character for those wondering.

The Answer 10

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To make the numbers overwrite each other, you can do something like this:

for i in range(1,100):
    print "\r",i,

That should work as long as the number is printed in the first column.

EDIT: Here’s a version that will work even if it isn’t printed in the first column.

prev_digits = -1
for i in range(0,1000):
    print("%s%d" % ("\b"*(prev_digits + 1), i)),
    prev_digits = len(str(i))

I should note that this code was tested and works just fine in Python 2.5 on Windows, in the WIndows console. According to some others, flushing of stdout may be required to see the results. YMMV.

The Answer 11

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“By the way…… How to refresh it every time so it print mi in one place just change the number.”

It’s really tricky topic. What zack suggested ( outputting console control codes ) is one way to achieve that.

You can use (n)curses, but that works mainly on *nixes.

On Windows (and here goes interesting part) which is rarely mentioned (I can’t understand why) you can use Python bindings to WinAPI (http://sourceforge.net/projects/pywin32/ also with ActivePython by default) – it’s not that hard and works well. Here’s a small example:

import win32console, time

output_handle = win32console.GetStdHandle(  win32console.STD_OUTPUT_HANDLE )
info = output_handle.GetConsoleScreenBufferInfo()
pos = info["CursorPosition"]

for i in "\\|/-\\|/-":
    output_handle.WriteConsoleOutputCharacter( i, pos )
    time.sleep( 1 )

Or, if you want to use print (statement or function, no difference):

import win32console, time

output_handle = win32console.GetStdHandle(  win32console.STD_OUTPUT_HANDLE )
info = output_handle.GetConsoleScreenBufferInfo()
pos = info["CursorPosition"]

for i in "\\|/-\\|/-":
    print i
    output_handle.SetConsoleCursorPosition( pos )
    time.sleep( 1 )

win32console module enables you to do many more interesting things with windows console… I’m not a big fan of WinAPI, but recently I realized that at least half of my antipathy towards it was caused by writing WinAPI code in C – pythonic bindings are much easier to use.

All other answers are great and pythonic, of course, but… What if I wanted to print on previous line? Or write multiline text, than clear it and write the same lines again? My solution makes that possible.

The Answer 12

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for Python 2.7

for x in range(0, 3):
    print x,

for Python 3

for x in range(0, 3):
    print(x, end=" ")

The Answer 13

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In [9]: print?
Type:           builtin_function_or_method
Base Class:     <type 'builtin_function_or_method'>
String Form:    <built-in function print>
Namespace:      Python builtin
Docstring:
    print(value, ..., sep=' ', end='\n', file=sys.stdout)

Prints the values to a stream, or to sys.stdout by default.
Optional keyword arguments:
file: a file-like object (stream); defaults to the current sys.stdout.
sep:  string inserted between values, default a space.
end:  string appended after the last value, default a newline.

The Answer 14

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If you just want to print the numbers, you can avoid the loop.

# python 3
import time

startnumber = 1
endnumber = 100

# solution A without a for loop
start_time = time.clock()
m = map(str, range(startnumber, endnumber + 1))
print(' '.join(m))
end_time = time.clock()
timetaken = (end_time - start_time) * 1000
print('took {0}ms\n'.format(timetaken))

# solution B: with a for loop
start_time = time.clock()
for i in range(startnumber, endnumber + 1):
    print(i, end=' ')
end_time = time.clock()
timetaken = (end_time - start_time) * 1000
print('\ntook {0}ms\n'.format(timetaken))

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 took 21.1986929975ms

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 took 491.466823551ms

The Answer 15

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The best way to accomplish this is to use the \r character

Just try the below code:

import time
for n in range(500):
  print(n, end='\r')
  time.sleep(0.01)
print()  # start new line so most recently printed number stays

The Answer 16

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In Python 3 you can do it this way:

for item in range(1,10):
    print(item, end =" ")

Outputs:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 

Tuple: You can do the same thing with a tuple:

tup = (1,2,3,4,5)

for n in tup:
    print(n, end = " - ")

Outputs:

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 

Another example:

list_of_tuples = [(1,2),('A','B'), (3,4), ('Cat', 'Dog')]
for item in list_of_tuples:
    print(item)

Outputs:

(1, 2)
('A', 'B')
(3, 4)
('Cat', 'Dog')

You can even unpack your tuple like this:

list_of_tuples = [(1,2),('A','B'), (3,4), ('Cat', 'Dog')]

# Tuple unpacking so that you can deal with elements inside of the tuple individually
for (item1, item2) in list_of_tuples:
    print(item1, item2)   

Outputs:

1 2
A B
3 4
Cat Dog

another variation:

list_of_tuples = [(1,2),('A','B'), (3,4), ('Cat', 'Dog')]
for (item1, item2) in list_of_tuples:
    print(item1)
    print(item2)
    print('\n')

Outputs:

1
2


A
B


3
4


Cat
Dog

The Answer 17

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A comma at the end of the print statement omits the new line.

for i in xrange(1,100):
  print i,

but this does not overwrite.

The Answer 18

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For those struggling as I did, I came up with the following that appears to work in both python 3.7.4 and 3.5.2.

I expanded the range from 100 to 1,000,000 because it runs very fast and you may not see the output. This is because one side effect of setting end='\r' is that the final loop iteration clears all of the output. A longer number was needed to demonstrate that it works. This result may not be desirable in all cases, but was fine in mine, and OP didn’t specify one way or another. You could potentially circumvent this with an if statement that evaluates the length of the array being iterated over, etc. The key to get it working in my case was to couple the brackets "{}" with .format(). Otherwise, it didn’t work.

Below should work as-is:

#!/usr/bin/env python3

for item in range(1,1000000):
    print("{}".format(item), end='\r', flush=True)

The Answer 19

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for item in range(1,100):
    if item==99:
        print(item,end='')
    else:
        print (item,end=',')

Output: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51,52,53,54,55,56,57,58,59,60,61,62,63,64,65,66,67,68,69,70,71,72,73,74,75,76,77,78,79,80,81,82,83,84,85,86,87,88,89,90,91,92,93,94,95,96,97,98,99

The Answer 20

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Or even simpler:

import time
a = 0
while True:
    print (a, end="\r")
    a += 1
    time.sleep(0.1)

end="\r" will overwrite from the beginning [0:] of the first print.

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