Turtle Speed

Introduction

Sometimes it can be time consuming and even boring to watch the turtle instance slowly draw. In that moment the first question that comes to mind is: How to speed up Python turtle!!?

Don’t worry, in this tutorial we will show you how to quickly adjust the drawing speed of your turtle to your liking.

.speed() method

Here is how to use .speed property of Python’s turtle.

• `turtle.speed` property defines the speed of your turtle. Here are how the values for adjusting speed of your turtle.
• 1: Slowest setting
• 5: Mid-speed setting
• 10: Faster speed
• 11: Godspeed

Alternatively, you can use o like this: `turtle.speed(0)`  for the fastest speed. Let’s see some examples to make it more clear.

Example 1: turtle.speed()

After importing turtle, simply apply .speed() method directly to turtle and continue drawing with it. Here is a turtle example:

``````import turtle
turtle.speed(10)

for i in range(10):
turtle.forward(200)
turtle.left(90)
``````

Adjust the speed property to see the different effects on turtle’s speed.

Example 2: Speed of a turtle instance

Sometimes you might want to create a turtle instance and work with that.

The scenario will be pretty much the same and you can change the value of .speed property for that turtle instance.

Let’s boost Alfred the Turtle’s speed a little.

``````import turtle

Alfred = turtle.Turtle()
Alfred.speed(0)

for i in range(10):
Alfred.forward(200)
Alfred.left(90)
``````

Example 3: Turtle Speeding up & Speeding down

Here is a fun turtle code example. Turtle’s speed changes inside a loop as it draws.

In the first for loop, turtle will pick up speed and get faster and faster.

In the second for loop, which will draw the inner pattern, turtle will slow down as it draws.

It can be really fun to observe but also it can be very helpful to visually demonstrate fundamental Python coding concepts to your audience.

Here is the tutorial:

``````import turtle

Alfred = turtle.Turtle()
Alfred.color("blue")

Alfred.penup()
Alfred.goto(-75,-75)
Alfred.pendown()

#Picking up speed
for i in range(50):
Alfred.speed(i+1)
Alfred.forward(150)
Alfred.left(85)

Alfred.penup()
Alfred.goto(-25,-25)
Alfred.pendown()

#Slowing down
for i in range(30):
Alfred.speed(30-i)
Alfred.forward(50)
Alfred.left(85)

turtle.exitonclick()
``````

Summary

In this Python Tutorial, we learned multiple ways to adjust the speed of Python turtle.

We also saw the significance of different speed values that can be assigned to turtle.

Finally, we have demonstrated a couple of examples that show the different speed adjustments for Python turtle.

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