Python Platform Module

The Python library called Platform Module is used to get all the details about the platform on which the script is running. The information can be acquired utilizing a variety of platform-based techniques. The platform can be run without any additional extensions. All that is required is to import the platform module and then create the platform-specific script.

In this article, we will retrieve platform information using the platform module’s following methods:

Displaying the Platform Processor

Python’s platform module is used to specify the platform information on which the script is being run. The platform module’s “processor()” function allows us to view the system’s CPU. By utilizing the “processor()” function in an example application, we can comprehend how it operates.

Now, let’s start to implement the code here. We are implementing the platform module in the “spyder” tool. The scientific Python stack’s most well-known packages, such as “NumPy”, “SciPy”, “Matplotlib”, “pandas”, “IPython”, “SymPy”, and “Cython”, as well as other open-source programs, are all integrated with Spyder. The platform can be implemented in Python by simply importing it; no other extensions are needed to be installed to run the platform module. So, let’s go back to the original place where we needed to import the platform module as “pt” to implement the code.

Then, we acquire the details of the processor that the application is running on using the “processor()” function and the “pt” parameter. We put the results in the variable “processor detail” that we initialized. The following line then employs the “print()” function. This method received as input the string, “The system’s processor on which we are performing the script is” and the variable “processor detail,” which contains processor details. Let’s run the code now and look at the outcomes.

It first started, “The system processor on which we are executing the script is”. The output showed the processor details. The processor name with its details, “Intel64 family 6 models 55 stepping 8 GenuineIntel,” is then presented. This is the leading producer of central processing units and semiconductors Intel. There is a method used in the field of CPU microprocessor development that keeps records of all the different instances a microprocessor undergoes. This method is referred to as CPU stepping. In its simplest form, CPU stepping is a technique for keeping track of how many cycles a processor performs.

Utilizing the Platform Machine() Function

In this section, we’ll use the platform “machine()” method to retrieve details about the device running the script. We must first import the Python library platform as “pt” before calling the “machine()” function with “pt” to obtain the machine detail. We then store the obtained machine detail in the variable “machine detail” which we initialized. Finally, in the following line, we called the “print()” function, passing the statement: “The sort of machine we are using to run the software is,” as well as the variable “machine detail,” that we created previously and this variable holds the outcome.

As can be seen, depending on the system, information about the machine type of the system is printed in the output. Before displaying the information about the machine that is “AMD64,” it first presented the statement that we used inside the parentheses of “print()”.

Displaying Platform Architecture()

In this part, we are going to use the platform “architecture()” function. The platform.architecture() method asks the provided executable, which by default is the Python interpreter binary, for various architectural details. The return value is a pair of type two. This is where the first component provides the bit architecture and amount of processing bits of the processor and the second component specifies the connection method of the program.

First, import the Python Platform module as “pt”. Next, use the “architecture()” method using “pt”. Finally, store the results of this function in the variable “architecture detail”. We then used the function “print()” in the line that follows, passing it the statement, “The system architecture on which we are running the script is as follows,” as well as the variable “architecture detail,” which contains the results of the “architecture()” function.

The output display is now showing the system architecture in detail. It initially showed the number of bits and the linkage form, which dictate whether or not a term can link to the exact object throughout the rest of the program or just one particular unit; these are “64” and “windowsPE.”

Utilizing Platform Node() Method

Now, we’ll put the platform’s “node()” method into action. This technique is employed to retrieve data regarding the system node. Simply expressed, the “platform.node()” method can be used to acquire the computer’s node name. This technique returns an empty string if the node name of the machine cannot be identified.

Let’s get started with the code. First, we import the Python Platform Library as “pt,”. Then, in the following line, we use the Platform “node()” function with “pt” to get data about the system node. The output of this “node()” function is saved in the variable “node detail,” which we previously created. The “print()” function then is called in the following line and the statement “The network name or node information of the system on which we are executing the software is as follows” was passed inside of it. We also passed the variable “node detail,” which stores the output of the “node()” function.

The statement that we want to print using the “print()” function was initially shown in the output, followed by the name of the system node where the script is being run, “DESKTOP-ULGC9UA”.

Showing the Operating System or Platform Name of the System

The operating system or platform name of the system in which we are running the code will be displayed in this section. In the “platform()” method, it returns one string that includes all of the valuable information about the platform that can be obtained. The output can be different on the other systems and the name of the operating system is supplied by the platform “system()” method. This method produces an empty string if it is unable to discover the operating system’s name.

Let’s begin by importing the platform module as “pt” before using the python platform “system()” function with the module platform “pt.” We used “pt” because we named the module “pt” above. We then stored the result of this “system()” function in the variable “OS,” which we created. Then, we used the “platform()” function with “pt” and stored the platform detail in the variable “platform detail” which we created. In comparison to the above, where we used a single function in a single script, this uses two platform functions. Then, in the following line, we called “print(),” passing the statement and the variable containing the result to it in that order. We then repeat that operation to display the result of the “platform()” function.

It displayed the output which includes information about the platform and the name of the operating system that we are using. This information can vary depending on the systems and their operating system.


To learn more about the platform on which we run the code, we examined the Python platform module in this article. In the example above, we utilized the Python platform’s “processor()”, “machine()”, “architecture()”, “node(),” “system(),” and “platform()” methods to find out more information about the platform.

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