Text Progress Bar in the Console


Is there a good way to do the following?

I wrote a simple console app to upload and download files from an FTP server using the ftplib.

Each time some data chunks are downloaded, I want to update a text progress bar, even if it's just a number.

But I don't want to erase all the text that's been printed to the console. (Doing a "clear" and then printing the updated percentage.)

8/9/2012 4:39:10 PM

Accepted Answer

A Simple, Customizable Progress Bar

Here's an aggregate of many of the answers below that I use regularly (no imports required).

# Print iterations progress
def printProgressBar (iteration, total, prefix = '', suffix = '', decimals = 1, length = 100, fill = '█'):
    Call in a loop to create terminal progress bar
        iteration   - Required  : current iteration (Int)
        total       - Required  : total iterations (Int)
        prefix      - Optional  : prefix string (Str)
        suffix      - Optional  : suffix string (Str)
        decimals    - Optional  : positive number of decimals in percent complete (Int)
        length      - Optional  : character length of bar (Int)
        fill        - Optional  : bar fill character (Str)
    percent = ("{0:." + str(decimals) + "f}").format(100 * (iteration / float(total)))
    filledLength = int(length * iteration // total)
    bar = fill * filledLength + '-' * (length - filledLength)
    print('\r%s |%s| %s%% %s' % (prefix, bar, percent, suffix), end = '\r')
    # Print New Line on Complete
    if iteration == total: 

Note: This is for Python 3; see the comments for details on using this in Python 2.

Sample Usage

import time

# A List of Items
items = list(range(0, 57))
l = len(items)

# Initial call to print 0% progress
printProgressBar(0, l, prefix = 'Progress:', suffix = 'Complete', length = 50)
for i, item in enumerate(items):
    # Do stuff...
    # Update Progress Bar
    printProgressBar(i + 1, l, prefix = 'Progress:', suffix = 'Complete', length = 50)

Sample Output:

Progress: |█████████████████████████████████████████████-----| 90.0% Complete


There was discussion in the comments regarding an option that allows the progress bar to adjust dynamically to the terminal window width. While I don't recommend this, here's a gist that implements this feature (and notes the caveats).

7/12/2019 7:55:44 PM

Writing '\r' will move the cursor back to the beginning of the line.

This displays a percentage counter:

import time
import sys

for i in range(100):
    sys.stdout.write("\r%d%%" % i)

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