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A terminal spinner for tasks that have non-deterministic time frame.

TTY::Spinner provides independent spinner component for TTY toolkit.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'tty-spinner'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install tty-spinner


1. Usage

TTY::Spinner by default uses :classic type of formatter and requires no paramters:

spinner =

In addition you can provide a message with :spinner token and format type you would like for the spinning display:

spinner ="[:spinner] Loading ...", format: :pulse_2)
30.times do

This would produce animation in your terminal:

and when finished output:

_ Loading ... Done!

For more usage examples please see examples directory

2. API

2.1 spin

The main workhorse of the spinner is the spin method.

Looping over spin method will animate a given spinner.

loop do

2.2 auto_spin

To perform automatic spinning animation use auto_spin method like so:


The speed with which the spinning happens is determined by the :interval parameter. All the spinner formats have their default intervals specified (see).

2.3 run

Use run with a code block that will automatically display spinning animation while the block executes and finish animation when the block terminates. Optionally you can provide a stop message to display when animation is finished.'Done!') { ... }

2.4 start

In order to set start time or reuse the same spinner after it has stopped, call start method:


2.5 stop

In order to stop the spinner call stop. This will finish drawing the spinning animation and return to new line.


You can further pass a message to print when animation is finished.


2.5.1 success

Use success call to stop the spinning animation and replace the spinning symbol with checkmark character to indicate successful completion.

spinner ="[:spinner] Task name")

This will produce:


2.5.2 error

Use error call to stop the spining animation and replace the spinning symbol with cross character to indicate error completion.

spinner ="[:spinner] Task name")

This will produce:


2.6 update

Use update call to dynamically change label name(s).

Provide an arbitrary token name(s) in the message string, such as :title

spinner ="[:spinner] :title")

and then pass token name and value:

spinner.update(title: 'Downloading file1')

next start animation: { ... }
# => | Downloading file1

Once animation finishes you can kick start another one with a different name:

spinner.update(title: 'Downloading file2') { ... }

2.7 reset

In order to reset the spinner to its initial frame do:


2.8 join

One way to wait while the spinning animates is to join the thread started with start method:


Optionally you can provide timeout:


3. Configuration

There are number of configuration options that can be provided to customise the behaviour of a spinner.

3.1 :format

Use one of the predefined spinner styles by passing the formatting token :format

spinner = :pulse_2)

All spinner formats that TTY::Spinner accepts are defined in /lib/tty/spinner/formats.rb

If you wish to see all available formats in action run the formats.rb file in examples folder like so:

bundle exec ruby examples/formats.rb

3.2 :frames

If you wish to use custom formatting use the :frames option with either array or string of characters.

spinner = [".", "o", "0", "@", "*"])

3.3 :interval

The :interval option accepts integer representing number of Hz units, for instance, frequency of 10 will mean that the spinning animation will be displayed 10 times per second.

spinner = 20) # 20 Hz (20 times per second)

3.4 :hide_cursor

Hides cursor when spinning animation performs. Defaults to false.

spinner = true)

3.5 :clear

After spinner is finished clears its output. Defaults to false.

spinner = true)

3.6 :success_mark

To change marker indicating successful completion use the :success_mark option:

spinner = '+')

3.7 :error_mark

To change marker indicating error completion use the :error_mark option:

spinner = 'x')

3.8 :output

To change where data is streamed use :output option like so:

spinner = $stdout)

The output stream defaults to stderr.

4. Events

TTY::Spinner emits :done, :success and :error event types when spinner is stopped.

4.1 done

This event is emitted irrespective of the completion method. In order to listen for this event you need to register callback:

spinner.on(:done) { ... }

4.2 success

This event is fired when success call is made. In order to respond to the event, you need to register callback:

spinner.on(:success) { ... }

4.3 error

This event is fired when error completion is called. In order to respond to the event, you need to register callback:

spinner.on(:error) { ... }


  1. Fork it ( )
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create a new Pull Request


Copyright (c) 2014-2016 Piotr Murach. See LICENSE for further details.