Console API

For complete control over terminal formatting, Quo offers a Console class. Most applications will require a single Console instance, so you may want to create one at the module level or as an attribute of your top-level object. For example, you could add a file called “” to your project:

from quo.console import Console
console = Console()

Then you can import the console from anywhere in your project like this:

from my_file.console import console


The console will auto-detect a number of properties required when rendering.


For making a beep sound multiple times


instance (int) - The number of times to ring the bell

from quo.console import Console

console = Console()



quo.console.Console.encoding will detect the default encoding of the Terminal (typically “utf-8”)

from quo.console import Console

console = Console()


File Opening

The logic for opening files from the quo.types.File type is exposed through the quo.Console.openfile() function. It can intelligently open stdin/stdout as well as any other file. Parameters

  • filename (str) - The name of the file to open (or '-' for stdin/stdout).

  • mode (str) - The mode in which to open the file.

  • encoding Optional - The encoding to use.

  • errors (str) - The error handling for this file.

  • lazy (bool) - Can be flipped to true to open the file lazily.

  • atomic (bool) -in atomic mode writes go into a temporary file and it’s moved on close.

from quo.console import Console

console = Console()

stdout = console.openfile('-', 'w')
test_file = console.openfile('test.txt', 'w')

If stdin or stdout are returned, the return value is wrapped in a special file where the context manager will prevent the closing of the file. This makes the handling of standard streams transparent and you can always use it like this:

from quo.console import Console

console = Console()

with console.openfile(filename, 'w') as f:
f.write('Hello World!\n')

Launching Applications

Quo supports launching applications through quo.Console.launch(). This can be used to open the default application associated with a URL or filetype.

This can be used to launch web browsers or picture viewers, for instan ce. In addition to this, it can also launch the file manager and automatically select the provided file.

  • url (str) – URL or filename of the thing to launch.

  • wait (bool) – Wait for the program to exit before returning. This only works if the launched program blocks. In particular, xdg- open on Linux does not block.

  • locate Optional (bool) – if this is set to True then instead of launching the application associated with the URL it will attempt to launch a file manager with the file located. This might have weird effects if the URL does not point to the filesystem.

from quo.console import Console

console = Console()

from quo.console import Console

console = Console()

console.launch("/home/downloads/file.txt", locate=True)

Launching  Text Editors

Quo supports launching editors automatically through quo.Console.edit(). This is very useful for asking users for multi-line input. It will automatically open the user’s defined editor or fall back to sensible default. If the user closes the editor without saving, the return value will be None, otherwise the entered text.

  • text (str) - The text to edit.

  • editor Optional - The editor to use. Defaults to automatic detection.

  • env (str) - The environment variables to forward to the editor.

  • require_save (bool) - If this is true, then not saving in the editor will make the return value become None.

  • extension (str) - The extension to tell the editor about. This defaults to .txt but changing this might change syntax highlighting.

  • filename (str) - If provided it will edit this file instead of the provided text contents. It will not use a temporary file as an indirection in that case.


For Windows: to simplify cross-platform usage, the newlines are automatically converted from POSIX to Windows and vice versa. As such, the message here will have \n as newline markers

from quo.console import Console

console = Console()

def get_commit_message():
    MARKER = '# Everything below is ignored\n'
    message = console.edit('\n\n' + MARKER)
    if message is not None:
        return message.split(MARKER, 1)[0].rstrip('\n')

Alternatively, the function can also be used to launch editors for files by a specific filename. In this case, the return value is always None.

from quo.console import Console

console = Console()


quo.console.Console.pager() takes a text and shows it via an environment specific pager on stdout. Added on v2022.4

  • text - The text to page, or alternatively, a generator emitting the text to page.

  • color - controls if the pager supports ANSI colors or not.


This creates a context manager that is used to display a spinner on stdout as long as the context has not exited. Added on v2022.5

import time

from quo.console import Console

console = Console()

with console.spin():
          print("Hello, World")

Terminal size

Function quo.console.Console.size returns the current size of the terminal as tuple in the form (width, height) in columns and rows.

from quo.console import Console

console = Console()

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