[Solved] Any way to clear python’s IDLE window?

I know there’s a similar topic about python console, but I do not know if they are the same. I tried system(“clear”) and it didn’t work here.

How do I clear python’s IDLE window?

Solution #1:

The “cls” and “clear” are commands which will clear a terminal (ie a DOS prompt, or terminal window). From your screenshot, you are using the shell within IDLE, which won’t be affected by such things. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is a way to clear the screen in IDLE. The best you could do is to scroll the screen down lots of lines, eg:

print ("n" * 100)

Though you could put this in a function:

def cls(): print ("n" * 100)

And then call it when needed as cls()

Respondent: Brian

Solution #2:

os.system('clear') works on linux. If you are running windows try os.system('CLS') instead.

You need to import os first like this:

import os
Respondent: Nadia Alramli

Solution #3:

Most of the answers, here do clearing the DOS prompt screen, with clearing commands, which is not the question. Other answers here, were printing blank lines to show a clearing effect of the screen.

The simplest answer of this question is

It is not possible to clear python IDLE shell without some external module integration. If you really want to get a blank pure fresh shell just close the previous shell and run it again

Respondent: Abdul Rehman

Solution #4:

ctrl + L clears the screen on Ubuntu Linux.

Respondent: shxfee

Solution #5:

An extension for clearing the shell can be found in Issue6143 as a “feature request”. This extension is included with IdleX.

Respondent: Roger

Solution #6:

>>> import os

>>>def cls():
...    os.system("clear")

That does is perfectly. No ‘0’ printed either.

Respondent: Derk Smith

Solution #7:

There does not appear to be a way to clear the IDLE ‘shell’ buffer.

Respondent: Mark Ribau

Solution #8:

The way to execute commands in Python 2.4+ is to use the subprocess module. You can use it in the same way that you use os.system.

import subprocess"clear") # linux/mac"cls", shell=True) # windows

If you’re executing this in the python console, you’ll need to do something to hide the return value (for either os.system or, like assigning it to a variable:

cls ="cls", shell=True)
Respondent: Rudd Zwolinski

Solution #9:

File -> New Window

In the new window**

Run -> Python Shell

The problem with this method is that it will clear all the things you defined, such as variables.

Alternatively, you should just use command prompt.

open up command prompt

type “cd c:python27”

type “python” , you have to edit this using IDLE when it’s not in interactive mode. If you’re in python shell, file -> new window.

Note that the needs to be in the same directory as C:python27, or whatever directory you have python installed.

Then from here, you just press the UP arrow key on your keyboard. You just edit, use CTRL + S, then go back to command prompt, press the UP arrow key, hit enter.

If the command prompt gets too crowded, just type “clr”

The “clr” command only works with command prompt, it will not work with IDLE.

Respondent: anonymous coward

Solution #10:

It seems like there is no direct way for clearing the IDLE console.

One way I do it is use of exit() as the last command in my python script (.py). When I run the script, it always opens up a new console and prompt before exiting.

Upside : Console is launched fresh each time the script is executed.
Downside : Console is launched fresh each time the script is executed.

Respondent: Sandeep Gaadhe

Solution #11:

I like to use:

import os
clear = lambda : os.system('cls') # or clear for Linux

Respondent: Luiz Domingues

Solution #12:

It seems it is impossible to do it without any external library.

An alternative way if you are using windows and don’t want to open and close the shell everytime you want to clear it is by using windows command prompt.

  • Type python and hit enter to turn windows command prompt to python idle (make sure python is installed).

  • Type quit() and hit enter to turn it back to windows command prompt.

  • Type cls and hit enter to clear the command prompt/ windows shell.

Respondent: Ari

Solution #13:

command + L” for MAC OS X.

control + L” for Ubuntu

Clears the last line on the interactive session

Respondent: Darshan N S

Solution #14:

As mark.ribau said, it seems that there is no way to clear the Text widget in idle. One should edit the module and add a method and a menu item in the EditorWindow class that does something like:

self.text.tag_remove("sel", "1.0", "end")
self.text.delete("1.0", "end")

and perhaps some more tag management of which I’m unaware of.

Respondent: tzot

Solution #15:

None of these solutions worked for me on Windows 7 and within IDLE. Wound up using PowerShell, running Python within it and exiting to call “cls” in PowerShell to clear the window.

CONS: Assumes Python is already in the PATH variable. Also, this does clear your Python variables (though so does restarting the shell).

PROS: Retains any window customization you’ve made (color, font-size).

Respondent: Draghon

Solution #16:

The best way to do it on windows is using the command prompt ‘cmd’ and access python directory the command prompt could be found on the start menu >run>cmd

C:>cd Python27
Python 2.7.3 (default, Apr 10 2012, 23:24:47) [MSC v.1500 64 bit (AMD64)] on win32
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license()" for more information.
>>>import os
>>>os.system('cls')  #This will clear the screen and return the value 0
Respondent: Al-Ani

Solution #17:

You can make an AutoHotKey script.

To set ctrl-r to a hotkey to clear the shell:

^r::SendInput print 'n' * 50 {Enter}

Just install AutoHotKey, put the above in a file called idle_clear.ahk, run the file, and your hotkey is active.

Respondent: Scruffy

Solution #18:

I would recommend you to use Thonny IDE for Python. It’s shell has “Clear Shell” option and you can also track variables created in a separate list. It’s debugging is very good even comparing with modern IDEs. You can also write code in python file along with access to shell at the same place.

And its lightweight!

Respondent: Zaheer

Solution #19:

use this

for num in range(1,100):
Respondent: Tauseef

Solution #20:

This works for me in Windows:

print chr(12)

Respondent: Joel Vroom

Solution #21:

I got it with:

import console 

if you want to do it in your script, or if you are in the console just tap
and press enter. That works on Pyto on iPhone. It may depend on the console though.

Respondent: Bryan Aneux

Solution #22:

If you are using the terminal ( i am using ubuntu ) , then just use the combination of CTRL+l from keyboard to clear the python script, even it clears the terminal script…

Respondent: Arbaaz

Solution #23:

There is no need to write your own function to do this! Python has a built in clear function.

Type the following in the command prompt:


If using IPython for Windows, it’s

Respondent: Michael Vogel

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