Replace console output in Python

An easy solution is just writing "\r" before the string and not adding a newline; if the string never gets shorter this is sufficient…

sys.stdout.write("\rDoing thing %i" % i)

Slightly more sophisticated is a progress bar… this is something I am using:

def start_progress(title):
    global progress_x
    sys.stdout.write(title + ": [" + "-"*40 + "]" + chr(8)*41)
    progress_x = 0

def progress(x):
    global progress_x
    x = int(x * 40 // 100)
    sys.stdout.write("#" * (x - progress_x))
    progress_x = x

def end_progress():
    sys.stdout.write("#" * (40 - progress_x) + "]\n")

You call start_progress passing the description of the operation, then progress(x) where x is the percentage and finally end_progress()

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