kpie kpie - 4 months ago 42
Python Question

Unprint a line on the console in Python?

Is it possible to manipulate lines of text that have already been printed to the console?

For example,

import time
for k in range(1,100):
#>> Clear the most recent line printed to the console
print("ready or not here I come!")

I've seen some things for using custom DOS consoles under Windows, but I would really like something that works on the command_line like does print without any additional canvases.

Does this exist? If it doesn’t, why not?

P.S.: I was trying to use curses, and it was causing problems with my command line behaviour outside of Python. (After erroring out of a Python script with curses in it, my Bash shell stopped printing newline -unacceptable- ).


What you're looking for is:

print("{}/100".format(k), "\r", end="")

\r is carriage return, which returns the cursor to the beginning of the line. In effect, whatever is printed will overwrite the previous printed text. end="" is to prevent \n after printing (to stay on the same line).

In Python 2, the same can be achieved with:

print "{}/100".format(k), "\r",