I'm happy to announce the release of version 1.0.0 of Rich - my Python library for fancy terminal rendering.
Rich is a project I started back in October 2019 when I was staying in Wuhan, a few weeks before it was locked down. Back then it was a toy project designed to pass the time while traveling. In the spirit of XKCD 927 I wanted to create a library that could display rich content in the terminal as effortlessly as you can with HTML.
Naturally, it took a lot longer than I had anticipated. Once I had the core feature of text which can word wrap while preserving style attributes, I used it to implement syntax highlighting, Markdown rendering, pretty tracebacks, progress bars, and more. At the risk of over-engineer I've drawn a line in the core feature set for this
1.0 release, which has enough batteries incuded for now.
Rich is also something of a framework in that it defines a protocol you can use to render custom objects with style and color to the terminal. This could be rich text, but could also be a table or markdown. Here's a trivial example from the docs:
Rich already knows how to render simple types, and will pretty print and colorize containers by default. Here's an example that shows what happens when you print a
dict with Rich:
console.log which I always miss when working in the back-end.
I'm hoping that library developers will begin to implement the Rich protocol. At the simplest level it doesn't even require you to add Rich as a dependancy.