Posts Tagged ‘raw_input’

[nodejs] raw_input in Node.js

November 7, 2015 Leave a comment

How to read in Node.js from the console? For instance, how to rewrite the following Python script?

n1 = int(raw_input("1st number: "))
n2 = int(raw_input("2nd number: "))

print "The sum is:", n1+n2


#!/usr/bin/env node

"use strict";

var readline = require('readline');

var rl = readline.createInterface({
    input: process.stdin,
    output: process.stdout

function processNums(n1, n2) {
    n1 = Number(n1);
    n2 = Number(n2);
    console.log("Their sum: " + (n1 + n2));

function start() {
    rl.question('1st number: ', function (x) {
        rl.question('2nd number: ', function (y) {

            processNums(x, y);

function main() {


Tip from here.

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make a script run under Python 2.x and 3.x too

November 3, 2014 Leave a comment

I installed Manjaro Linux on one of my laptops, just to try something new. I’ve been using it for a week and I like it so far :) On my older laptop it runs smoother than Ubuntu.

Anyway, Manjaro switched to Python 3.x, that’s the default, thus “python” points to Python 3. I use Ubuntu on my other machines where Python 2 is the default. I would like to modify my scripts (at least some of them) to run on both systems.

For instance, in Python 2.x you call “raw_input”, while this function was renamed to “input” in Python 3.x.

Well, since January 2014 I start all my new scripts with this line:

from __future__ import (absolute_import, division,
                        print_function, unicode_literals)

It ensures a nice transition from Python 2 to Python 3.

To solve the “raw_input” problem, you can add these lines:

import sys

if sys.version_info >= (3, 0):
    raw_input = input

You can continue using “raw_input”, but if it’s executed with Python 3.x, “raw_input” will point to the “input” function.

Of course, the ideal solution would be to switch to Python 3, but I’m not ready for that yet :)

Update (20141228)
At the moment I’m updating my jabbapylib library. The new version will be released soon :) Since it’s a library, it should work with both Python 2 and Python 3. When I write a new script, I tend to use Python 3 these days, but a library is different. A library should support both Python 2.x and 3.x. The most widely used solution is the Six compatibility library, which is a joy to use. To solve the raw_input issue for instance, just import the line

from six.moves import input

Then — just like in Python 3 — call the function “input()” to read from the standard input. For more info. read the official docs.

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