How to make a python script wait for a pressed key?

How to make a python script wait for a pressed key?

In Python 3 use input():

input(Press Enter to continue...)

In Python 2 use raw_input():

raw_input(Press Enter to continue...)

This only waits for the user to press enter though.

One might want to use msvcrt ((Windows/DOS only) The msvcrt module gives you access to a number of functions in the Microsoft Visual C/C++ Runtime Library (MSVCRT)):

import msvcrt as m
def wait():

This should wait for a key press.

Additional info:

in Python 3 raw_input() does not exist

In Python 2 input(prompt) is equivalent to eval(raw_input(prompt))

One way to do this in Python 2, is to use raw_input():

raw_input(Press Enter to continue...)

In python3 its just input()

How to make a python script wait for a pressed key?

On my linux box, I use the following code. This is similar to code Ive seen elsewhere (in the old python FAQs for instance) but that code spins in a tight loop where this code doesnt and there are lots of odd corner cases that code doesnt account for that this code does.

def read_single_keypress():
    Waits for a single keypress on stdin.

    This is a silly function to call if you need to do it a lot because it has
    to store stdins current setup, setup stdin for reading single keystrokes
    then read the single keystroke then revert stdin back after reading the

    Returns a tuple of characters of the key that was pressed - on Linux, 
    pressing keys like up arrow results in a sequence of characters. Returns 
    (x03,) on KeyboardInterrupt which can happen when a signal gets

    import termios, fcntl, sys, os
    fd = sys.stdin.fileno()
    # save old state
    flags_save = fcntl.fcntl(fd, fcntl.F_GETFL)
    attrs_save = termios.tcgetattr(fd)
    # make raw - the way to do this comes from the termios(3) man page.
    attrs = list(attrs_save) # copy the stored version to update
    # iflag
    attrs[0] &= ~(termios.IGNBRK | termios.BRKINT | termios.PARMRK
                  | termios.ISTRIP | termios.INLCR | termios. IGNCR
                  | termios.ICRNL | termios.IXON )
    # oflag
    attrs[1] &= ~termios.OPOST
    # cflag
    attrs[2] &= ~(termios.CSIZE | termios. PARENB)
    attrs[2] |= termios.CS8
    # lflag
    attrs[3] &= ~(termios.ECHONL | termios.ECHO | termios.ICANON
                  | termios.ISIG | termios.IEXTEN)
    termios.tcsetattr(fd, termios.TCSANOW, attrs)
    # turn off non-blocking
    fcntl.fcntl(fd, fcntl.F_SETFL, flags_save & ~os.O_NONBLOCK)
    # read a single keystroke
    ret = []
        ret.append( # returns a single character
        fcntl.fcntl(fd, fcntl.F_SETFL, flags_save | os.O_NONBLOCK)
        c = # returns a single character
        while len(c) > 0:
            c =
    except KeyboardInterrupt:
        # restore old state
        termios.tcsetattr(fd, termios.TCSAFLUSH, attrs_save)
        fcntl.fcntl(fd, fcntl.F_SETFL, flags_save)
    return tuple(ret)

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