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Use the OS module to Clear the screen in Python, if we want to clear the screen while running a Python script. You have to use different commands for different platforms like Windows and Linux.

To clear the screen in the cell prompt can do this by pressing Control + l.


Example Clear screen in Python

Simple example code clears the screen after 5 seconds. In the example use the ‘_’ variable which is used to hold the value of the last expression in the interpreter.

Make a system call with ‘clear’ in Linux and ‘cls’ in Windows as an argument.

import os
from time import sleep

# The screen clear function
def screen_clear():
    # for mac and linux(here, is 'posix')
    if == 'posix':
        _ = os.system('clear')
        # for windows platfrom
        _ = os.system('cls')
    # print out some text

print("The platform is: ",
print("big output\n" * 5)
# wait for 5 seconds to clear screen
# now call function we defined above


Clear screen Python

Another example

import os

def clear_screen():
    if == 'posix':  # For UNIX/Linux/Mac systems
        _ = os.system('clear')
    elif == 'nt':   # For Windows systems
        _ = os.system('cls')


Note: Using the os.system function to execute shell commands might not be the most platform-independent or secure way to clear the screen, but it should work for most cases. If you’re building a more complex application, you might want to look into libraries like curses (for UNIX-like systems) or third-party cross-platform libraries that provide terminal manipulation capabilities.

Do comment if you have any doubts or suggestions on this Python topic.

Note: IDE: PyCharm 2021.3.3 (Community Edition)

Windows 10

Python 3.10.1

All Python Examples are in Python 3, so Maybe its different from python 2 or upgraded versions.

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