"Simple terminal formatting in Python"

pyfancy, ansi, color, colour, terminal, library, python, styling
pip install pyfancy==2.4.5


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pyfancy is a simple Python library that provides a mechanism for easily styling text in some terminal environments. Text is styled by chaining together methods that add escape codes for color modifiers to the text.


Formatting using pyfancy all follows the same basic pattern. First, there is the initializer, which just sets up the pyfancy object. Next is a chain of function calls that provide text formatting. Finally, there is a last method chained on which either returns the text string with format escape codes, or which directly outputs the text using the print statement / method. (The output method should be compatible with Python 2 and 3.)

This chain of code looks basically like this:

pyfancy().[chained statements].output() # To print using print statement / method
pyfancy().[chained statements].get()    # To get formatted text string

There are two different ways to use the chained statements. The first is to provide the text that is to be chained as part of the statement call. For example, the following prints “Hello, world!” in red:

pyfancy().red("Hello, world!").output()

However, chained statements are really just modifiers with an optional text argument. The following example works identically to the previous example:

pyfancy().red().add("Hello, world!").output()

Using chained statements, then, allows for modifiers to be stacked:

pyfancy().red().bold().add("Hello, world!").output()

# or

pyfancy().red().bold("Hello, world!").output()

# The red() and bold() calls can also be in the opposite order.

Of course, there can only be, for example, one color active at a time. This allows for the creation of multicolored statements:

pyfancy().red("Hello").magenta(", ").blue("world!").output()

It is also possible to reset all styles, either to get default styling, or to ensure that styles are reset, using the raw modifier:

pyfancy().raw("You walk into a ").red().bold("DANGEROUS").raw(" room.").output()

Parsing is a simple, shorter and faster way to use Pyfancy 2. Instead of:

pyfancy().red("Hello").blue(" world!").output()

You can do this:

pyfancy("{red Hello {blue world!}}").output()

For parsing you can also import from a text file:


In order to use pyfancy, import the module with from pyfancy import *.

Types of effects

Text Effect Background  
bold n/a  
dim n/a Light/Dark
underlined n/a n/a
blinking n/a n/a
black black_bg n/a
red red_bg dark_red
green green_bg dark_green
yellow yellow_bg dark_yellow
blue blue_bg dark_blue
magenta n/a dark_magenta
cyan n/a dark_cyan
n/a gray_bg light_gray
white n/a n/a
rainbow n/a n/a
multi n/a n/a
n/a dark_gray_bg dark_gray
n/a light_red_bg light_red
n/a light_green_bg light_green
n/a light_yellow_bg light_yellow
n/a light_blue_bg light_blue
n/a light_purple_bg light_purple
n/a light_cyan_bg light_cyan
n/a white_bg white


Pyfancy-2 is under the MIT license.

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Note: Because v2 was made in a fork the contribution graph does not truely reflect the contributions made by the bellow contributers.

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