[python] ipython notebook clear cell output in code

In a iPython notebook, I have a while loop that listens to a Serial port and print the received data in real time.

What I want to achieve to only show the latest received data (i.e only one line showing the most recent data. no scrolling in the cell output area)

What I need(i think) is to clear the old cell output when I receives new data, and then prints the new data. I am wondering how can I clear old data programmatically ?

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The answer is

You can use IPython.display.clear_output to clear the output of a cell.

from IPython.display import clear_output

for i in range(10):
    print("Hello World!")

At the end of this loop you will only see one Hello World!.

Without a code example it's not easy to give you working code. Probably buffering the latest n events is a good strategy. Whenever the buffer changes you can clear the cell's output and print the buffer again.

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