How to pass an argument to a python program open in IDLE?

TonyHa tony_ha2002 at
Fri Nov 17 15:06:28 CET 2006

Hello Josh,

Thanks for the reply. But I am not sure I understand your reply, may be
I need to explain my problem a bit more. I have a Python script which
needs an input argument to run.
e.g. python xilinx. which run fine.

My problem is this: When I start IDLE GUI, then I open my script with
the edit window. (i.e.
File -> open). I run my script under the edit window using run -> run
module or F5. But IDLE does not allow me to input the argument to my
script, i.e. IDLE runs without prompting for the argument, then my
script fails. I wonder how can I pass the argument to my script under

Tony Ha.

Joshua.R.English at wrote:
> On Nov 15, 7:56 am, tony... at wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I have open a Python program in the IDLE, but when I select the "run
> > module" under "run" menu, it
> > does not allow me to pass an argument to my Python program!
> > How do you pass an argument to a Python program under the IDLE? Thanks for
> > you help!
> I'm using Python on an old Mac with the IDE.  I think my solution would
> work.
> opt_parser = OptionParser()
> def myfunc(argstring):
> 	(self.options,self.args) =
> sub_opt_parser.parse_args(argstring.split())
> 	f not self.args: self.args = "[default arguments]".split()
> 	...
> if __name__=="__main__":
> 	myfunc(argstring)
> This means editing the file every time.  Since I'm on a Mac, I can also
> use:
> if __name__=="__main__":
> 	from EasyDialogs import AskString
> 	args = AskString('Options and Arguments')
> 	myfunc(args)
> I'm not sure how easy this is to implement on other platforms
> Josh English
> Joshua.R.English at

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