Adam Adam - 26 days ago 7
PHP Question

Update Command-line Output, i.e. for Progress

I'd like to be able to show a progress meter in a simple PHP script on the command line. Instead of seeing

Progress: 0%
Progress: 1%
etc...


I'd like just the number to change, and replace the previous number, much like git clone does for example
Resolving deltas: 100% (8522/8522), done.
.

While searching for this I found the same question answered in Perl, which is perfect, but I couldn't find it in PHP. Is it possible? If not, I'll resort to C.

Thanks

Update: If anyone's interested in the C++ version, it's here.

Answer

This can be done using ANSI Escape Sequences -- see here for a list.

In PHP, you'll use "\033" when it's indicated ESC on that page.


In your case, you could use something like this :

echo "Progress :      ";  // 5 characters of padding at the end
for ($i=0 ; $i<=100 ; $i++) {
    echo "\033[5D";      // Move 5 characters backward
    echo str_pad($i, 3, ' ', STR_PAD_LEFT) . " %";    // Output is always 5 characters long
    sleep(1);           // wait for a while, so we see the animation
}


I simplified a bit, making sure I always have 5 extra characters, and always displaying the same amount of data, to always move backwards by the same number of chars...

But, of course, you should be able to do much more complicated, if needed ;-)

And there are many other interesting escape sequences : colors, for instance, can enhance your output quite a bit ;-)