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Ask simple questions - get simple answers

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enquiries aims to provide a straightforward way to get decisions from your users. It can offer multiple choice, yes/no or free text

import enquiries

options = ['thing 1', 'thing 2', 'thing 3']
choice = enquiries.choose('Choose one of these options: ', options)

if enquiries.confirm('Do you want to write something?'):
    text = enquiries.freetext('Write something interesting: ')

Input for these questions is fully interactive and prevents any incorrect responses. No more loops checking if the answer matches the question. No more mapping the text entered to original objects. Let users choose the objects directly.

Multiple choice

All choices consist of letting users pick one of several items. For enquiries these can be in any iterable.

Users can pick one or many of the options offered to them.

Single Selection

For single choice, use the choose method with the list of choices.

>>> options = ['Thing 1', 'Thing 2']
>>> response = enquiries.choose('Pick a thing', options)
# interactive prompt
>>> print('You chose "{}"'.format(response))
You chose "Thing 1"

The interactive prompt here appears as list of options you can scroll through and select using the return key:

Pick a thing
> Thing 1
  Thing 2
  Thing 3

Where up/down arrow keys will scroll through the options moving the > marker. The currently selected option is also in bold typeface (if the terminal supports it).

Multiple Selections

For cases where the user can choose multiple options, the multi keyword can be used.

>>> options = ['Thing 1', 'Thing 2', 'Thing 3']
>>> response = enquiries.choose('Pick some things', options, multi=True)
# interactive prompt
>>> print('You chose "{}"'.format(response))
You chose "['Thing1', 'Thing 3']"

The interactive prompt for multiple choice is similar to that used for single choice but the > marker is replaces with ◉ and ◌ to signify chosen or not chosen. As before, the arrow keys change the selection and the current line is bold. The space key is used to mark an option as selected.:

pick a thing
◉ Thing 1
◌ Thing 2
◌ Thing 3

Yes/No Confirmation

Used to get a simple boolean response from users.

>>> if enquiries.confirm('Do you really want to do the thing')
...     print('Carrying on')
... else:
...     print('Exiting')
# interactive prompt
Carrying on

Results in the prompt below:

Do you really want to do the thing? [y/N]

The prompt for confirmation by default accepts y/n keys to choose and return to accept the choice. Return without choosing accepts the default value (usually False). The keys used and the default can be changed as required. By default, the user should choose y/n then hit return but single_key mode can be used to remove the need to hit return.


enquiries free text offering is offers a slightly enhanced version of the input builtin function. It adds multi line support as well as basic readline like controls (Ctrl-a, Ctrl-w etc). The text entry area is also cleared after the text is accepted keeping terminal history clean.

>>> text = enquiries.freetext('Write some stuff')
>>> print(text)
This is the text you entered
on many lines

New lines in text can be entered using Alt-Return.

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