Caution newbie question: python window to stay open ?

Fredrik Lundh fredrik at
Wed Nov 22 08:37:43 CET 2006

mkengel wrote:

> Problem: Python window closes immediately after executing a *.py file
> (e.g. containing a "print..." command.
> What do I have to do to keep it open to see the results ?

Simple scripts that print to a console, or read from it, works best if 
you run them from a standard Command Prompt window.

If you just click on a Python script in the explorer, Windows will 
create a temporary command window, and remove it when the program is 
done.  This is standard Windows behaviour; to get around this in a 
general way, you need to write GUI-oriented Python programs (using e.g. 
Tkinter or wxPython), and run them using the "pythonw.exe" runtime.

For simpler scripts, you can also add

     raw_input("Press return to close this window...")

to the end of the script.

For tips on running Python programs from the command prompt, this page 
might also be helpful:


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