Sound alarm when code finishes


I am in a situation where my code takes extremely long to run and I don’t want to be staring at it all the time but want to know when it is done.

How can I make the (Python) code sort of sound an “alarm” when it is done? I was contemplating making it play a .wav file when it reaches the end of the code…

Is this even a feasible idea?
If so, how could I do it?

Asked By: mtigger



This one seems to work on both Windows and Linux* (from this question):

def beep():


In Windows, can put at the end:

import winsound
winsound.Beep(500, 1000)

where 500 is the frequency in Herz
      1000 is the duration in miliseconds

To work on Linux, you may need to do the following (from QO’s comment):

  • in a terminal, type ‘cd /etc/modprobe.d’ then ‘gksudo gedit blacklist.conf’
  • comment the line that says ‘blacklist pcspkr’, then reboot
  • check also that the terminal preferences has the ‘Terminal Bell’ checked.
Answered By: Saullo G. P. Castro

See: Python Sound ("Bell")
This helped me when i wanted to do the same.
All credits go to gbc


Have you tried :

import sys

That works for me here on Mac OS 10.5

Actually, I think your original attempt works also with a little modification:


(You just need the single quotes around the character sequence).

Answered By: Kuchi

On Windows

import winsound
duration = 1000  # milliseconds
freq = 440  # Hz
winsound.Beep(freq, duration)

Where freq is the frequency in Hz and the duration is in milliseconds.

On Linux and Mac

import os
duration = 1  # seconds
freq = 440  # Hz
os.system('play -nq -t alsa synth {} sine {}'.format(duration, freq))

In order to use this example, you must install sox.

On Debian / Ubuntu / Linux Mint, run this in your terminal:

sudo apt install sox

On Mac, run this in your terminal (using macports):

sudo port install sox

Speech on Mac

import os
os.system('say "your program has finished"')

Speech on Linux

import os
os.system('spd-say "your program has finished"')

You need to install the speech-dispatcher package in Ubuntu (or the corresponding package on other distributions):

sudo apt install speech-dispatcher
Answered By: Ryan Saxe

Kuchi’s answer didn’t work for me on OS X Yosemite (10.10.1). I did find the afplay command (here), which you can just call from Python. This works regardless of whether the Terminal audible bell is enabled and without a third-party library.

import os
os.system('afplay /System/Library/Sounds/Sosumi.aiff')
Answered By: zekel

ubuntu speech dispatcher can be used:

import subprocess['speech-dispatcher'])        #start speech dispatcher['spd-say', '"your process has finished"'])
Answered By: Ishan Khare

Plays the bell sound on Linux. Plays the error sound on Windows 10.

Answered By: Josh Allemon
import subprocess['D:greensoftTTPlayerTTPlayer.exe', "E:stridevampaclip.mp3"])
Answered By: Du Peng

Why use python at all? You might forget to remove it and check it into a repository. Just run your python command with && and another command to run to do the alerting.

python && 
    notify-send 'Alert' 'Your task is complete' && 
    paplay /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/suspend-error.oga

or drop a function into your .bashrc. I use apython here but you could override ‘python’

function apython() {
    /usr/bin/python $*
    notify-send 'Alert' "python $* is complete"
    paplay /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/suspend-error.oga
Answered By: rtaft

I’m assuming you want the standard system bell, and don’t want to concern yourself with frequencies and durations etc., you just want the standard windows bell.

import winsound
Answered By: poulter7

It can be done by code as follows:

import time
time.sleep(10)   #Set the time
for x in range(60):  
Answered By: Satyendra Yadav

A bit more to your question.

I used gTTS package to generate audio from text and then play that audio using Playsound when I was learning webscraping and created a coursera downloader(only free courses).

text2speech = gTTS("Your course " + course_name +
                                " is downloaded to " + downloads + ". Check it fast.")"temp.mp3")
winsound.Beep(2500, 1000)
Answered By: Vishesh Mangla

I created a python module that reminds developers on Telegram application after code execution. It might be more helpful than making alarm sound.

Pypi link:

Github link:


In [1]>>
    from devreminder import DevReminder
    import time

In [2]>>
    remind = DevReminder(1932126911,False,0)

In [3]>>"Example")


An example of reminder message

Please follow README file for more information.

Answered By: cagataygulten

On macOS there’s a dead simple way to do it.

python && say done
Answered By: Gus Beringer
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