Clearing terminal screen in Go

šŸ“…ļø Published: June 5, 2020  ā€¢ šŸ•£ 1 min read

Clearing terminal screen in Go

There are two ways I like (without any external dependency).

Using os/exec package

I have added some boilerplate code to make sure you see whats happening. I think this is probably the best way to do this.

package main
 
import (
    "os"
    "fmt"
    "os/exec"
    "time"
)
 
func main() {
	fmt.Println("this is a line")
	fmt.Println("this is a line")
	fmt.Println("this is a line")
	fmt.Println("this is a line")
	fmt.Println("this is a line")

	fmt.Println("Clearing Screen in 2s...")

	// sleep for 2 seconds
	duration, _ := time.ParseDuration("2s")
	time.Sleep(duration)
    
    c := exec.Command("clear")
    c.Stdout = os.Stdout
    c.Run()
}

Using ANSI Escape Sequences

Not a good way but may come in handy for some situations.


package main
 
import (
    "fmt"
    "time"
)
 
func main() {
	fmt.Println("this is a line")
	fmt.Println("this is a line")
	fmt.Println("this is a line")
	fmt.Println("this is a line")
	fmt.Println("this is a line")

	fmt.Println("Clearing Screen in 1s...")
	dur, _ := time.ParseDuration("1s")
	time.Sleep(dur)

    fmt.Print("\033[2J")
}

The sequence \033[2J is read as Esc[2J where ā€œ2jā€ clears the screen and moves the cursor to the home position (line 0, column 0).

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