Inheritance diagram of LoopList
class LoopList(itemlist=[])[source]

this class provides an effectively cyclic list. It can be used, e.g., for storing colors or pen properties to be changed automatically in a plot

A LoopList stores an internal index to remember the last accessed item in the list. It provides previous(), current() and next() methods that return the previous, current and next items in the list.

The method allItems() returns a copy of all items contained in the list.

The index can be accessed by setCurrentIndex() and getCurrentIndex() (setCurrentIndex(i) additionally returns new current item).

Items can be accessed *without modifying the current index* by using llist[i] and llist[i]=x syntax len(llist) returns the period of the list.


only basic methods of lists are implemented for llists. In particular, the following are not implemented:

  • slicing

  • resizing (append, insert, del,…)

  • binary operators (+,*,…)


it can be used for loops, but the loop will be infinite unless other
condition is used for exiting it:

    - for item in llist: print(item)  # This is a infinite loop!!
    - for i in range(len(llist)):print(llist[i])  # not infinite
      since len(llist) returns the period of the list

Import from taurus.core.util.containers as:

from taurus.core.util.containers import LoopList

returns the items list (one period)


returns current item


returns the current index


advances one item in the list and returns it


goes one item back in the list and returns it


sets current index (and returns the corresponding item)


sets the item list