Python library to decorate and beautify your standard output ?



To get the latest version, simply use pip:

pip install outputformat

There are no dependencies.

Python>=3.6 is needed, as it uses f strings.

Basic usage

It is recommended to use ouf as shortcut for outputformat:

import outputformat as ouf

Main functions are:

  • ouf.boxtitle
  • ouf.linetitle
  • ouf.bigtitle
  • ouf.showlist
  • ouf.bar
  • ouf.barlist

By default, functions print the result. You have the alternative to return a string instead, by passing the argument return_str=True (nothing will be printed in this case).

Showing titles

To decorate titles with a box around it, use ouf.boxtitle:

ouf.boxtitle("Long title in a box")

│ Long title in a box │

Boxes can have different styles:

ouf.boxtitle("Box with 'line' style", style="line")
ouf.boxtitle("Box with 'double' style", style="double")
ouf.boxtitle("Box with 'dashes' style", style="dashes")

│ Box with 'line' style │
║ Box with 'double' style ║
┊ Box with 'dashes' style ┊

Or you can pass any character and it will be used for the decoration:

ouf.boxtitle("Box with custom character as style", style="ø")

ø Box with custom character as style ø

With all the same options as for boxtitle, you can use linetitle for a simple line underneath your text:

ouf.linetitle("Long title with 'double' underline", style="double")

Long title with 'double' underline

Big title

It is possible to use ASCII art to generate big titles:

outputstring = ouf.bigtitle("Here's a big title!")

█ █ █▀▀ █▀█ █▀▀ ▀ █▀   ▄▀█   █▄▄ █ █▀▀   ▀█▀ █ ▀█▀ █   █▀▀ █ 
█▀█ ██▄ █▀▄ ██▄   ▄█   █▀█   █▄█ █ █▄█    █  █  █  █▄▄ ██▄ ▄

Currently, only one font is available, and the supported characters are: "0123456789abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz_-!.' "

(You can get them by using ouf.fonts.suported_chars)

Showing lists

You can simply show a list using bullet points:

data = ["Item A", "Item B", "Item C", "Item D"]

• Item A
• Item B
• Item C
• Item D

And also there’s an option to add a title to your list:

data = ["Item A", "Item B", "Item C", "Item D"]
ouf.showlist(data, title="List of items")

List of items
• Item A
• Item B
• Item C
• Item D

Different styles are available, as bullet, line, box and ordinal

data = ["Item A", "Item B", "Item C", "Item D"]

ouf.showlist(data, style="line", title="Style line")
ouf.showlist(data, style="box", title="Style box")
ouf.showlist(data, style="ordinal", title="Style ordinal")

 Style line
├ Item A
├ Item B
├ Item C
╰ Item D

│ Style box │
├ Item A
├ Item B
├ Item C
╰ Item D

Style ordinal
1. Item A
2. Item B
3. Item C
4. Item D

Or pass any string to be used as marker

data = ["Item A", "Item B", "Item C", "Item D"]
ouf.showlist(data, style="~>", title="Custom style list")

Custom style list
~> Item A
~> Item B
~> Item C
~> Item D

Showing bars

You can create a simple horizontal bar using ouf.bar
The first parameter (value) is the filled amount, the second (maxvalue) is the maximum amount

ouf.bar(35, 50)

▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░ 35/50 ( 70.00%)

Note that there’s some integer rounding needed to create the bar, so the size is not precise, more like a ballpark visualisation.

The size of the bar (in characters) is defined by length

ouf.bar(35, 50, length=10)
ouf.bar(35, 50, length=50)

▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░ 35/50 ( 70.00%)
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ 35/50 ( 70.00%)

Different styles are available, as well as the option to have a title before the bar:

ouf.bar(35, 50, style="block", length=15, title="Block style", title_pad=15)
ouf.bar(35, 50, style="battery", length=15,title="Battery style", title_pad=15)
ouf.bar(35, 50, style="bar", length=15, title="Bar style", title_pad=15)
ouf.bar(35, 50, style="circle", length=15, title="Circle style", title_pad=15)

Block style....: ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░ 35/50 ( 70.00%)

Battery style..: ┫██████████     ┣ 35/50 ( 70.00%)

Bar style......: [■■■■■■■■■■     ] 35/50 ( 70.00%)

Circle style...: ●●●●●●●●●●○○○○○ 35/50 ( 70.00%)

There’s also a star emoji style, that works better with small values for length and using show_percentage=False and show_values=False

ouf.bar(60, 100, style="star", length=5, title="Item A", show_percentage=False, show_values=False)
ouf.bar(20, 100, style="star", length=5, title="Item B", show_percentage=False, show_values=False)
ouf.bar(90, 100, style="star", length=5, title="Item C", show_percentage=False, show_values=False)

Item A: ⭐⭐⭐
Item B: ⭐
Item C: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Custom bars

A totally custom style for the bar can be created, passing a list of characters as style

ouf.bar(35, 50, style=["(", "X", "-", ")"], title="Custom style")

Custom style: (XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX----------) 35/50 ( 70.00%)

Or you can pass just a simple character, and it will be used for a basic bar:

ouf.bar(35, 50, style="$", title="Custom style")
Custom style: [$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$          ] 35/50 ( 70.00%)

Multiple bars from list

It is possible to use ouf.barlist and pass directly a list of values with the correspondent list of titles

values = [6, 3, 13, 8]
titles = ["var", "long var name", "medium var", "one more"]
ouf.barlist(values, titles, maxvalue=15, style="bar")

var..........: [■■■■■■■■■■■■                    ]  6/15 ( 40.00%)
long var name: [■■■■■■                          ]  3/15 ( 20.00%)
medium var...: [■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■     ] 13/15 ( 86.67%)
one more.....: [■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■               ]  8/15 ( 53.33%)

The same parameters from ouf.bar can be used. Only one maxvalue is used for all the lists

Show emoji

Some shortcuts for the unicode values of common emoji are available

print(ouf.emoji.heart, ouf.emoji.thumbs_up)
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Current shortcuts are the following:



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