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What is pyte?
It’s an in memory VTXXX-compatible terminal emulator.
XXX stands for a series of video terminals, developed by
1970 and 1995. The first, and probably the most famous one, was VT100
terminal, which is now a de-facto standard for all virtual terminal
emulators. pyte follows the suit.
So, why would one need a terminal emulator library?
- To screen scrape terminal apps, for example htop or aptitude.
- To write cross platform terminal emulators; either with a graphical
rxvt) or a web interface, like
- To have fun, hacking on the ancient, poorly documented technologies.
Note: pyte started as a fork of vt102,
which is an incomplete pure Python implementation of VT100 terminal.
If you have setuptools
you can use easy_install -U pyte. Otherwise, you can download the source
from GitHub and run python setup.py install.
Believe it or not, there’re projects which actually need a terminal emulator
library, not many of them use pyte though:
- Selectel – hey, we wrote this thing :)
- Ajenti – easy to use weadmin panel for Linux
and BSD uses pyte for its terminal plugin.
- Neutron IDE – personal cloud
Show me the code!
Head over to our brief Tutorial or, if you’re feeling brave, dive right
into the API reference – pyte also has a couple of
minimal examples in the examples/ directory.