Set up Manual Threading#

Enabling threading in Panel like we saw in the automatic threading guide is a simple way to achieve concurrency, however sometimes we need more control. Below we will demonstrate an example of a Thread which we start in the background to process items we put in a queue for processing. We simulate the processing with a time.sleep but it could be any long-running computation. The threading.Condition allows us to manipulate the global shared queue.

import time
import threading

c = threading.Condition()

button = pn.widgets.Button(name='Click to launch')
text = pn.widgets.StaticText()

queue = []

def callback():
    global queue
    while True:
        for i, event in enumerate(queue):
            text.value = f'Processing item {i+1} of {len(queue)} items in queue.'
            ... # Do something with the event
        text.value = "Queue empty"

thread = threading.Thread(target=callback)

Now we will create a callback that puts new items for processing on the queue when a button is clicked:

def on_click(event):


pn.Row(button, text).servable()

Since the processing happens on a separate thread the application itself can still remain responsive to further user input (such as putting new items on the queue).