p5 is a Python library that provides high level functions to work with graphics. p5 combines the core ideas of Processing — learning to code in a visual context — with Python’s readability to make programming more accessible to beginners and artists.

There’s a lot of work happening on p5 right now; it is being developed by Abhik Pal as a project for the Google Summer of Code 2017. Manindra Moharana of the Processing Foundation is mentoring the project.

Documentation for the project is available at p5.readthedocs.io and p5py.github.io has links to other relevant resources.

If you’ve found a bug in p5, please file it under the “Issues” tab for this repository. For now, you can also use the issues tab to propose new features. Please read the relevant section from the Contributing file before opening an issue.


p5 borrows Processing’s metaphor of software “sketches”. A typical sketch looks like:

from p5 import *

background_color = (0.1, 0.1, 0.1, 1.0)

def setup():
    size(800, 600)
    title("Example Sketch")

def draw():

    with push_matrix():
        translate(160, 150)

        fill(1.0, 0.6, 0.0, 1.0)
        square((-30, -30), 60)
        square((-30, -50), 20)

        square((-10, -10), 20)

    with push_matrix():
        translate(240, 170)

        fill(1.0, 0.8, 0.0, 1.0)
        rect((-30, -50), 60, 100)

        rect((-30, -30), 40, 20)
        rect((-10, 10), 40, 20)

if __name__ == '__main__':

...and, when run, produces:

Sample sketch output


p5 requires Python 3. Once you have that installed, you can then run

pip install p5

from the command line. p5 includes a test script and you can run

>>> import p5
>>> p5.sketch.test_run()

from the interactive prompt to view the test render.

Features Roadmap

For the next couple of months, we plan to focus on the following features:

  1. Support most 2D drawing primitives and related utility functions from the Processing API (the Project Status wiki page for this repo has a proper checklist.)
  2. Port relevant tutorials and reference material from Processing’s documentation.
  3. Support live coding of sketches in the Python REPL (here’s a screencast from an earlier prototype).


p5 is licensed under the GPLv3. See LICENSE for more details.