Most of the time, while working with python interactive shell/terminal (not a console), we end up with a messy output and want to clear the screen for some reason.
In an interactive shell/terminal, we can simply use
But, what if we want to clear the screen while running a python script.
Unfortunately, there’s no built-in keyword or function/method to clear the screen. So, we do it on our own.
We can use ANSI escape sequence but these are not portable and might not produce desired output.
So, here’s what we’re going to do in our script:
- From os import system.
- Define a function.
- Make a system call with ‘clear’ in Linux and ‘cls’ in Windows as an argument.
- Store the returned value in an underscore or whatever variable you want (an underscore is used because python shell always stores its last output in an underscore).
- Call the function we defined.
NOTE: You can also only “import os” instead of “from os import system” but with that, you have to change system(‘clear’) to os.system(‘clear’).
Another way to accomplish this is using subprocess module.
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