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import panel as pn


The DiscretePlayer widget displays media-player-like controls that allow playing and stepping through the provided options. When playing it triggers events at a pre-defined interval on the frontend, advancing the player value each time. It falls into the broad category of single-value, option-selection widgets that provide a compatible API and include the AutocompleteInput, Select and DiscreteSlider widgets.

Discover more on using widgets to add interactivity to your applications in the how-to guides on interactivity. Alternatively, learn how to set up callbacks and (JS-)links between parameters or how to use them as part of declarative UIs with Param.


For details on other options for customizing the component see the layout and styling how-to guides.


  • direction (int): Current play direction of the Player (-1: playing in reverse, 0: paused, 1: playing).

  • interval (int): Interval in milliseconds between updates

  • loop_policy (str): Looping policy; must be one of ‘once’, ‘loop’, or ‘reflect’

  • options (list or dict): A list or dictionary of options to select from

  • value (object): The current value; must be one of the option values

  • value_throttled (object): The current value throttled until mouseup (when selected using slider)


  • disabled (boolean): Whether the widget is editable

  • name (str): The title of the widget

  • show_loop_controls (boolean): Whether radio buttons allowing to switch between loop policies options are shown

The widget has a number of buttons to go to the first or last value, step forward or backward, and play and pause the widget. It also provides control over the loop_policy, which determines whether to play ‘once’, ‘loop’, or ‘reflect’. Additionally - and + buttons slow down and speed up the player speed.

discrete_player = pn.widgets.DiscretePlayer(name='Discrete Player', options=[2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128], value=8, loop_policy='loop')


Like most other widgets, DiscretePlayer has a value parameter that can be accessed or set:


The DiscretePlayer can be controlled programmatically using the direction parameter which has three possible states:

  • -1: playing in reverse

  • 0: paused

  • 1: playing

Alternatively it can be controlled via the .play, .pause and .reverse methods:

import time



The DiscretePlayer widget exposes a number of options which can be changed from both Python and Javascript. Try out the effect of these parameters interactively:

pn.Row(discrete_player.controls(jslink=True), discrete_player)

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