How do I load a file into the python console?
For Python 2 give
execfile a try. (See other answers for Python 3)
Let's use "copy con" to quickly create a small script file...
C:\junk>copy con execfile_example.pya = [9, 42, 888]b = len(a)^Z 1 file(s) copied.
...and then let's load this script like so:
C:\junk>\python27\pythonPython 2.7.1 (r271:86832, Nov 27 2010, 18:30:46) [MSC v.1500 32 bit (Intel)] on win32Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. execfile('execfile_example.py') a[9, 42, 888] b3>>>
From the man page:
-i When a script is passed as first argument or the -c option is used, enter interactive mode after executing the script or the command. It does not read the $PYTHONSTARTUP file. This can be useful to inspect global variables or a stack trace when a script raises an exception.
So this should do what you want:
python -i file.py
Python 3: new exec (execfile dropped) !
The execfile solution is valid only for Python 2. Python 3 dropped the execfile function - and promoted the exec statement to a builtin universal function. As the comment in Python 3.0's changelog and Hi-Angels comment suggest: