mouse control with python

Richie Hindle richie at
Tue Aug 12 12:54:56 CEST 2003

> Is there a way I can control the mouse with python?

I assume you're on Windows.  Here's how to move the mouse:

>>> from ctypes import *
>>> windll.user32.SetCursorPos(100, 100)

You can get ctypes from

As an added bonus, here's something that moves it relative to the
currently-focussed window, which is probably useful for what you want
(note that this one doesn't work on 95 or NT4 pre SP3, and it could use
some error handling).

from ctypes import *

user32 = windll.user32
kernel32 = windll.kernel32

class RECT(Structure):
    _fields_ = [
        ("left", c_ulong),
        ("top", c_ulong),
        ("right", c_ulong),
        ("bottom", c_ulong)

class GUITHREADINFO(Structure):
    _fields_ = [
        ("cbSize", c_ulong),
        ("flags", c_ulong),
        ("hwndActive", c_ulong),
        ("hwndFocus", c_ulong),
        ("hwndCapture", c_ulong),
        ("hwndMenuOwner", c_ulong),
        ("hwndMoveSize", c_ulong),
        ("hwndCaret", c_ulong),
        ("rcCaret", RECT)

def moveCursorInCurrentWindow(x, y):
    # Find the focussed window.
    guiThreadInfo = GUITHREADINFO(cbSize=sizeof(GUITHREADINFO))
    user32.GetGUIThreadInfo(0, byref(guiThreadInfo))
    focussedWindow = guiThreadInfo.hwndFocus
    # Find the screen position of the window.
    windowRect = RECT()
    user32.GetWindowRect(focussedWindow, byref(windowRect))
    # Finally, move the cursor relative to the window.
    user32.SetCursorPos(windowRect.left + x, + y)

if __name__ == '__main__':
    # Quick test.
    moveCursorInCurrentWindow(100, 100)

Hope that helps,

Richie Hindle
richie at

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