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📜 Fancy logs with expandable tools. Bring life to your terminal!


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A module useful for CLI's, logs and pretty much any cool multi-line python tool.

All inspiration goes to Ivan Seidel with node-draftlog.

Works with Python 2 and 3.


$ pip install draftlog

Intro Example

Here's about the simplest program with draftlog that actually does something:

import draftlog
import time

draft = draftlog.inject()

print ("The line below me will be updated!")
update_me = draft.log("I will be updated!")
print ("The line above me will be updated!")


update_me.update("I've been updated!")

Here's a more complicated program: a scrolling banner . If you want to see some more examples in this thread, check out the examples folder!

import draftlog

draft = draftlog.inject()

class Banner:
    def __init__(self, string):
        self.string = string
        self.counter = 0
    def scroll(self):
        if self.counter >= 50:
            # This is what exits out of the loop in:
            # "draft.log().set_interval"
            raise draftlog.Exception
        self.counter += 1
        self.string = self.string[1:] + self.string[0]
        return self.string

string = "  Wow! Banners!     This is so cool!     All with draftlog!   "

print ("*" * len(string))
banner = draft.log()
print ("*" * len(string))

banner.set_interval(Banner(string).scroll, 0.1)


# You can still print stuff after starting the draft as well:
import time
print ("Wow, some more text!")

set_interval is a function that takes another function and the time to wait. It overwrites the draft.log() line with whatever the function returns. The function will stop being called once it raises draftlog.Exception. draft.start() will actually start all intervals that have been set.


draft.log() creates a DraftLog object that keeps track of what line it was created on. You can call update(text) on it to update the line that it's set on.

draft.log().set_interval(function, time) primes an interval in a background threading process called DaemonDrafter. When draft.start() is called, it generates interval timing based off of the time specified and then runs it in "frames."

Since I've made the program open-ended, you can create a lot (see the examples folder) of stuff.


If you still have questions or need some help, check out the wiki or email me at, all feedback is appreciated!

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