class pyqtgraph.console.ConsoleWidget(parent=None, namespace=None, historyFile=None, text=None, editor=None)[source]#

Widget displaying console output and accepting command input. Implements:

  • eval python expressions / exec python statements

  • storable history of commands

  • exception handling allowing commands to be interpreted in the context of any level in the exception stack frame

Why not just use python in an interactive shell (or ipython) ? There are a few reasons:

  • pyside does not yet allow Qt event processing and interactive shell at the same time

  • on some systems, typing in the console _blocks_ the qt event loop until the user presses enter. This can be baffling and frustrating to users since it would appear the program has frozen.

  • some terminals (eg windows cmd.exe) have notoriously unfriendly interfaces

  • ability to add extra features like exception stack introspection

  • ability to have multiple interactive prompts, including for spawned sub-processes

__init__(parent=None, namespace=None, historyFile=None, text=None, editor=None)[source]#



dictionary containing the initial variables present in the default namespace


optional file for storing command history


initial text to display in the console window


optional string for invoking code editor (called when stack trace entries are double-clicked). May contain {fileName} and {lineNum} format keys. Example:

editorCommand --loadfile {fileName} --gotoline {lineNum}

Return the list of previously-invoked command strings (or None).


Store the list of previously-invoked command strings.