I was recently looking into ways to get my screen resolution with Python to help diagnose an issue with an application that wasn’t behaving correctly. In this article, we’ll look at some of the ways to get your screen resolution. Not all of the solutions will be cross-platform, but I’ll be sure to mention that fact when I discuss those methods. Let’s get started!
Using the Linux Command Line
There are several ways to get your screen resolution in Linux. If you do a Google search, you’ll see people using various Python GUI toolkits. I wanted to find a way to get the screen resolution without installing a third party module. I eventually found the following command:
xrandr | grep '*'
I then had to take that information and translate it into Python. Here’s what I came up with:
cmd = ['xrandr']
cmd2 = ['grep', '*']
p = subprocess.Popen(cmd, stdout=subprocess.PIPE)
p2 = subprocess.Popen(cmd2, stdin=p.stdout, stdout=subprocess.PIPE)
resolution_string, junk = p2.communicate()
resolution = resolution_string.split()
width, height = resolution.split('x')
Whenever you need to pipe data with Python, you will need to create two different subprocess instances. That is what I did above. I piped the output from xrandr to my second subprocess via its stdin. Then I closed the stdout of the first process to basically flush whatever it had returned to the second process. The rest of the code just parses out the width and height of the monitor.
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