import console (width, height) = console.getTerminalSize() print "Your terminal's width is: %d" % width
EDIT: oh, I'm sorry. That's not a python standard lib one, here's the source of console.py (I don't know where it's from).
The module seems to work like that: It checks if
termcap is available, when yes. It uses that; if no it checks whether the terminal supports a special
ioctl call and that does not work, too, it checks for the environment variables some shells export for that. This will probably work on UNIX only.
def getTerminalSize(): import os env = os.environ def ioctl_GWINSZ(fd): try: import fcntl, termios, struct, os cr = struct.unpack('hh', fcntl.ioctl(fd, termios.TIOCGWINSZ, '1234')) except: return return cr cr = ioctl_GWINSZ(0) or ioctl_GWINSZ(1) or ioctl_GWINSZ(2) if not cr: try: fd = os.open(os.ctermid(), os.O_RDONLY) cr = ioctl_GWINSZ(fd) os.close(fd) except: pass if not cr: cr = (env.get('LINES', 25), env.get('COLUMNS', 80)) ### Use get(key[, default]) instead of a try/catch #try: # cr = (env['LINES'], env['COLUMNS']) #except: # cr = (25, 80) return int(cr), int(cr)