Python: How to add Progress Bar in Console with Examples

To add a progress bar in the console for a Python program we need to make use of the tqdm module - the most rich and famous python progress bar library.

Make sure to get the tqdm module downloaded using the pip installer.

pip install tqdm


pip show tqdm

Name: tqdm
Version: 4.65.0
Summary: Fast, Extensible Progress Meter
License: MPLv2.0, MIT Licences
Location: /opt/homebrew/lib/python3.11/site-packages
Required-by: spacy

Example 1: using for loop and time.sleep function

from tqdm import tqdm
import time

for i in tqdm(range(5)):
Demo of the progress bar in jupyter notebook (Google Colab):
Python Progress bar Example using for loop

Example 2: Progress bar while loop

from tqdm import tqdm
import time

total_iterations = 5
progress_bar = tqdm(total=total_iterations, desc="Progress", bar_format="{l_bar}{bar}{r_bar}")

iteration = 0
while iteration < total_iterations:
    iteration += 1

Progress:   0%|          | 0/5 [00:00<?, ?it/s]
Progress:  20%|โ–ˆโ–ˆ        | 1/5 [00:01<00:04,  1.00s/it]
Progress:  40%|โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆ      | 2/5 [00:02<00:03,  1.00s/it]
Progress:  60%|โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆ    | 3/5 [00:03<00:02,  1.00s/it]
Progress:  80%|โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆ  | 4/5 [00:04<00:01,  1.01s/it]
Progress: 100%|โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆ| 5/5 [00:05<00:00,  1.01s/it]

There is a lot you can do with the progress bar like setting the bar height, width, multiprocessing, changing color, text, and animation, for that you can follow the documentation on GitHub.

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