Synchronizing Threads in Python

The threading module provided with Python includes a simple-to-implement locking mechanism that allows you to synchronize threads. A new lock is created by calling the Lock() method, which returns the new lock.

The acquire(blocking) method of the new lock object is used to force threads to run synchronously. The optional blocking parameter enables you to control whether the thread waits to acquire the lock.

If blocking is set to 0, the thread returns immediately with a 0 value if the lock cannot be acquired and with a 1 if the lock was acquired. If blocking is set to 1, the thread blocks and wait for the lock to be released.

The release() method of the new lock object is used to release the lock when it is no longer required.


import threading
import time
class myThread (threading.Thread):
   def __init__(self, threadID, name, counter):
      self.threadID = threadID = name
      self.counter = counter
   def run(self):
      print "Starting " +
   # Get lock to synchronize threads
      print_time(, self.counter, 3)
      # Free lock to release next thread
def print_time(threadName, delay, counter):
   while counter:
      print "%s: %s" % (threadName, time.ctime(time.time()))
      counter -= 1
threadLock = threading.Lock()
threads = []
# Create new threads
thread1 = myThread(1, "Thread-1", 1)
thread2 = myThread(2, "Thread-2", 2)
# Start new Threads
# Add threads to thread list
# Wait for all threads to complete
for t in threads:
print "Exiting Main Thread"

When the above code is executed, it produces the following result −

Starting Thread-1
Starting Thread-2
Thread-1: Thu Mar 21 09:11:28 2013
Thread-1: Thu Mar 21 09:11:29 2013
Thread-1: Thu Mar 21 09:11:30 2013
Thread-2: Thu Mar 21 09:11:32 2013
Thread-2: Thu Mar 21 09:11:34 2013
Thread-2: Thu Mar 21 09:11:36 2013
Exiting Main Thread

Updated on: 31-Jan-2020

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