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A command-line-tool beautifier.

Project description

Ecstasy is here to make your command-line tool beautiful and fancy.

Your command-line tool’s output without ecstasy:

Your command-line tool’s output with (on?) ecstasy:


To use ecstasy, you mark up a standard Python string using ecstasy’s special syntax, chose some sassy styling and formatting flags, pass them on to the package-level beautify() method and, in return, get your beautified string, ready to kick ass when printed to your command-line:

import ecstasy

# <...> is a normal phrase, its style is determined by its position
# <(x)...> is a phrase with an argument, its style is the one at index 'x'
# <<...> <...>> is a phrase with nested phrases, their styles cascade
text = "<Cats> are <(0)just> <<small>, furry <elephants>>!"

# Beautify text by specifying styles via flag combinations
text = ecstasy.beautify(text,
                        ecstasy.Style.Blink   | ecstasy.Color.Red,
                        ecstasy.Style.Bold    | ecstasy.Fill.Blue,
                        ecstasy.Color.Magenta | ecstasy.Style.Underline,
                        small=ecstasy.Style.Invert | ecstasy.Color.White)

# Keyword arguments (small=...) cause all phrases matching the string of
# the key to have the style specified by the keyword argument's value.


Running this in a script from a command-line outputs:


Now that you’re convinced, you can install ecstasy with pip:

$ pip install ecstasy

… and get crackin’.


Full documentation and usage descriptions specifying all possible options and possibilities of how you can beautify your strings with ecstasy can be found here.


Python Versions

Built with Python 3.4 and Python 2.7. Additionally successfully backported to and tested with Python 2.6, 3.2 and also 3.3. See what Travis has to say about it.

Terminal Support

Works out of the box with your Mac’s terminal. For more information, please enjoy this table:

Terminal Bold Dim Underlined Blink Invert Hidden Color
aTerm X X X
Eterm (1) X X X
Guake X
Konsole X X
Nautilus X
rxvt X (2) X
Terminator X
Tilda X X X
XTerm X
xvt X X X X
Linux TTY X X X X

(1) Lighter colors instead of bold.

(2) Lighter colors instead of blink.


Ecstasy is released under the MIT license.


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