Running a shell command in Python usually waits until the process is finished
and only then sends its entire output. In the following example it is
process.communicate() that blocks till given command is completed.
import subprocess import shlex command = shlex.split("ping -c 5 google.com") process = subprocess.Popen(command, stdout=subprocess.PIPE) output, err = process.communicate() print output
subprocess module allows to capture realtime output as well - here's how:
from subprocess import Popen, PIPE def run(command): process = Popen(command, stdout=PIPE, shell=True) while True: line = process.stdout.readline().rstrip() if not line: break yield line if __name__ == "__main__": for path in run("ping -c 5 google.com"): print path