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Term::Spinner::Color - A terminal spinner/progress bar with Unicode, color, and no non-core dependencies.


    use utf8;
    use 5.010;
    use Term::Spinner::Color;
    my $spin = Term::Spinner::Color->new(
      seq => ['◑', '◒', '◐', '◓'],
    $spin->next() for 1 .. 10;

Or, if you want to not worry about ticking the sequence forward with next you can use the auto_start and auto_done methods instead.

    use utf8;
    use 5.010;
    use Term::Spinner::Color;
    my $spin = Term::Spinner::Color->new(
      'delay' => 0.3,
      'colorcycle' => 1,
    sleep 5; # do something slow here


This is a simple spinner, useful when you want to show some kind of activity during a long-running process of indeterminant length. It's loosely based on the API from Term::Spinner and Term::Spinner::Lite. Unlike Term::Spinner though, this module doesn't have any dependencies outside of modules shipped with Perl itself. And, unlike Term::Spinner::Lite, this module has color support and support for wide progress bars.

This module also provides an asynchronous mode, which does not require your program to manually call the next method.

Some features and some (Unicode) frame sets do not work in Windows PowerShell or cmd.exe. If you must work across a wide variety of platforms, choosing ASCII frame sets is wise. run_ok method currently only provides Unicode output, so it is not suitable for use on Windows (bash, of many types, on Windows works fine, however). There's probably a way to fix this by switching to another code page in Windows shells.



If used asynchronously, this is how long each tick will last. It uses the Time::HiRes sleep function, so you can use fractional seconds (0.2 is the default, and provides a nice smooth animation, generally).


Either a ref to an array containing your preferred spin character frames, or a scalar containing the name of your preferred spin character frames, from the available defaults. Because it re-draws the whole frame on each tick, very long frames may be unwieldy over slow connections. Several nice Unicode and ASCII frame sets are provided.


If provided, this will be the starting color of the spinner. It uses Term::ANSIColor color names, and the default is cyan.


If set to 1, or any truthy value, the colors will cycle through all seven of the base ANSI color values changing on each tick of the seq.



Prints the first frame of the seq. Your cursor should be placed where you want the spinner to appear before starting. This method hides the cursor, so if interrupted, it may leave the terminal without a cursor (will be fixed sometime...).


Increments the seq and prints the next one. Call this method before or after each step in your program to show "progress". If you don't want to increment the indicator manually, you can use auto_start at the beginning of your long-running step or series of steps.


Resets the cursor to its original position and makes it visible. Call this when you are finished running your steps.


Forks a new autonomous spinner process. It will print a spinner at the current cursor position until auto_done is called. If your program does not have many short steps, but instead one or more very long-running ones, this is likely preferable to the manual ticking process provided by start, next, and done.


Call this method to end the current spinner process.


This is a sort of weird method to eval one expression or a series of expressions in a list, with a spinner running throughout. At the end, it prints a Unicode checkmark or X to indicate success or failure.

It currently only works with seq frames with length 1, 5, or 7. Any of the built-in spinner seq options will work with this method.

It uses eval, so should not be given user-provided data or otherwise tricky stuff. It has no protections against shooting of feet.


Somewhat spotty on Windows shells (cmd.exe or PowerShell). PowerShell seems to have ANSI color support, but Unicode doesn't seem to work.

Does not support multiple simultaneous spinners. It does not know how to find current spinner position or return to it. The program would likely need to make use of Curses, which is not in core, and is probably even less likely to work on Windows shells than the stuff I'm already using.

Requires tput for the run_ok method to figure out the term column width.

I have no idea how to write tests for this, so there's only a placeholder test, and several examples in the examples directory.