I am trying to mask what the user types into IDLE with asterisks so people around them can't see what they're typing/have typed in. I'm using basic raw input to collect what they type.
key = raw_input('Password :: ')
Password :: **********
Depending on the OS, how you get a single character from user input and how to check for the carriage return will be different.
See this post: Python read a single character from the user
On OSX, for example, you could so something like this:
import sys, tty, termios def getch(): fd = sys.stdin.fileno() old_settings = termios.tcgetattr(fd) try: tty.setraw(sys.stdin.fileno()) ch = sys.stdin.read(1) finally: termios.tcsetattr(fd, termios.TCSADRAIN, old_settings) return ch key = "" sys.stdout.write('Password :: ') while True: ch = getch() if ch == '\r': break key += ch sys.stdout.write('*') print print key