Clear python console command history


I am using anaconda on mac and I am wondering whether there is a way to clear my python command history. Specifically, upon calling python in terminal, I wanted to clear anything I typed before here.

Asked By: John M.



Escape sequence?

print(chr(27) + "[2J")


import os
os.system('cls' if == 'nt' else 'clear')
Answered By: Madison Courto

You could use from the standard library subprocess module to send the reset command to the terminal which will reinitialize the terminal and in effect do something similar to clear but also clear the scrollback history.

import subprocess'reset')
Answered By: Yahya Sef

Assuming you want to clear the command history Python goes through when you hit the up and down arrow keys, that history is managed by either the GNU readline library or libedit, depending on your system. The Python readline module is the Python-level interface to the underlying library (even if that library is libedit), and on systems where the underlying library supports it, you can clear the history with readline.clear_history:

>>> import readline
>>> readline.clear_history()

I do not know if the library on your Mac supports it.

Answered By: user2357112
import os


This will only clear python history in this interactive session but not the previous ones.

Answered By: sachchit kolekar

If you are using a Linux, then:

Import os  

If you’re using Windows:

Import os   
Answered By: Preeti

If your system doesn’t use readline, to remove all Python command history just delete the history file at ~/.python_history.

You can see the full path of the history file with:

python -c "import os; print(os.path.join(os.path.expanduser('~'), '.python_history'))".

On Windows the history file is at %userprofile%.python_history (e.g., 'C:Users<user>.python_history').

Answered By: Ricardo

If you are on Windows and nothing you found helped you clear the stored command history of your terminal, this is what helped me:

Locate and delete: %userprofile%AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsPowerShellPSReadlineConsoleHost_history. txt

This will delete your entire terminal history.

Answered By: Loretta
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