Creating Threads in python


Question

I have a script and I want one function to run at the same time as the other.

The example code I have looked at:

import threading

def MyThread (threading.thread):
    # doing something........

def MyThread2 (threading.thread):
    # doing something........

MyThread().start()
MyThread2().start()

I am having trouble getting this working. I would prefer to get this going using a threaded function rather than a class.

This is the working script:

from threading import Thread

class myClass():

    def help(self):
        os.system('./ssh.py')

    def nope(self):
        a = [1,2,3,4,5,6,67,78]
        for i in a:
            print i
            sleep(1)


if __name__ == "__main__":
    Yep = myClass()
    thread = Thread(target = Yep.help)
    thread2 = Thread(target = Yep.nope)
    thread.start()
    thread2.start()
    thread.join()
    print 'Finished'
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151
6/28/2019 2:56:14 PM

Accepted Answer

You don't need to use a subclass of Thread to make this work - take a look at the simple example I'm posting below to see how:

from threading import Thread
from time import sleep

def threaded_function(arg):
    for i in range(arg):
        print("running")
        sleep(1)


if __name__ == "__main__":
    thread = Thread(target = threaded_function, args = (10, ))
    thread.start()
    thread.join()
    print("thread finished...exiting")

Here I show how to use the threading module to create a thread which invokes a normal function as its target. You can see how I can pass whatever arguments I need to it in the thread constructor.

287
5/9/2019 5:54:01 PM

There are a few problems with your code:

def MyThread ( threading.thread ):
  • You can't subclass with a function; only with a class
  • If you were going to use a subclass you'd want threading.Thread, not threading.thread

If you really want to do this with only functions, you have two options:

With threading:

import threading
def MyThread1():
    pass
def MyThread2():
    pass

t1 = threading.Thread(target=MyThread1, args=[])
t2 = threading.Thread(target=MyThread2, args=[])
t1.start()
t2.start()

With thread:

import thread
def MyThread1():
    pass
def MyThread2():
    pass

thread.start_new_thread(MyThread1, ())
thread.start_new_thread(MyThread2, ())

Doc for thread.start_new_thread


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