[xlwt] Changing Cell Background Color

Chanman bryancchan at gmail.com
Thu Jun 19 21:46:47 CEST 2008

I've posted this on the python-excel group, but perhaps people here
know what to do.

How does one change the cell background color using the xlwt module?
I've looked at several tutorials but none show how to change the
background color.  I've tried the following:

badBG = xlwt.Pattern()
badBG.NO_PATTERN = 0x34
badBG.pattern_fore_colour = 0x34
badBG.pattern_back_colour = 0x34

badFontStyle = xlwt.XFStyle()
badFontStyle.Pattern = badBG

sheet1.write(1,1,'hello world', badFontStyle)

However, the background cell color still remains white.  Any help

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