How do I have a Python script that a) can accept user input and how do I make it b) read in arguments if run from the command line?
To read user input you can try the
cmd module for easily creating a mini-command line interpreter (with help texts and autocompletion) and
input for Python 3+) for reading a line of text from the user.
text = raw_input("prompt") # Python 2 text = input("prompt") # Python 3
Command line inputs are in
sys.argv. Try this in your script:
import sys print (sys.argv)
There are two modules for parsing command line options:
(deprecated since Python 2.7, use
argparse instead) and
getopt. If you just want to input files to your script, behold the power of
The Python library reference is your friend.
var = raw_input("Please enter something: ") print "you entered", var
Or for Python 3:
var = input("Please enter something: ") print("You entered: " + var)