[Techtalk] Detection of mouse-clicks and/or keypresses in Python

Patrick Olson compman42 at linuxusers.us
Wed Jun 3 16:05:15 UTC 2015

It looks like attachments aren't allowed. If anyone wants to see the code
I'd attached, http://pastebin.ca/3017020

On Wed, June 3, 2015 8:41 am, Patrick Olson wrote:
> I doubt the attached is exactly what you want to do, but it does print the
> time when a key is pressed. Perhaps it will be a start towards what you're
> trying to do. My python version is 2.7.3, but I assume 3 would be
> backwards compatible, at least for code as simple as I've written.
> I created this by removing most of the code from a utility I'd created for
> myself, so it's probably not the most efficient way to do it, and may
> import some things that aren't needed. Also, the time isn't truly exact
> since there is a "time.sleep(1)" in the loop. However, without that it
> takes a lot of CPU cycles, at least on an older computer.
> Hope this helps!
> On Wed, June 3, 2015 3:48 am, David Sumbler wrote:
>> I want to write a simple program in Python 3, for my own use, which will
>> detect mouse-clicks (or possibly key-presses from the keyboard) and
>> record the exact time of each event.
>> In principle this should be easy enough, except that I do not know how
>> to detect the events themselves.
>> The only information I need to collect is the time of the event: for
>> this particular program I am not interested in recording which button or
>> key is pressed.
>> I have searched on the internet, but I can't seem to find what I want.
>> What would be the simplest way to detect these events using Python?
>> David
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