How to Clear the Command Line with Python?

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Clearing the command line (also known as the terminal or console) using pure Python is platform-dependent and can be challenging. However, there are a few approaches you can try:

  1. Using the os module and platform-specific commands:
import os

def clear_command_line():
    os.system('cls' if os.name == 'nt' else 'clear')

# Call the function to clear the command line
clear_command_line()

This approach uses the os.system() function to execute a command that clears the command line. The specific command used depends on the operating system. "cls" is used for Windows, and "clear" is used for Unix-based systems.

  1. Using ANSI escape sequences:
import sys

def clear_command_line():
    if sys.platform.startswith('win'):
        os.system('cls')
    else:
        print('\033c', end='')

# Call the function to clear the command line
clear_command_line()

In this approach, the ANSI escape sequence \033c is used to clear the command line. The \033 represents the escape character, and c is the command to clear the screen.

Note that the effectiveness of these methods may depend on the specific terminal or command line interface you are using. Some terminals may not support or interpret the commands correctly.

If you need more advanced functionality or cross-platform compatibility, you can consider using third-party libraries like curses or colorama, which provide more control over the terminal and console output.

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