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Design Patterns – Command in Python

Jigisha Sata

2 years ago

Python Design Patterns | insideAIML
Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Terminology
  • Explanation
  • Implementation of the command pattern?


          The command pattern is a behavioral design pattern in which there is an abstraction between an object that invokes a command and the object that executes it.
It adds a level of abstraction between actions and includes an object, which invokes these actions.
In command design pattern, the client creates a command object that includes a list of commands to be executed.


  • Receiver : The object that will receive and execute the command.
  • Invoker : The object that sends the command to the receiver.
  • Command Object : Itself, an object, that implements an execute, or action method, and contains all required information to execute it.
  • Client : The application or component that is aware of the Receiver, Invoker and Commands.
The basic architecture of the command, the pattern is shown in the figure below.
Basic Architecture of the command pattern | insideAIML

Implementation of the command pattern?

Now let’s see how to implement the design pattern.
from __future__ import annotations
from abc import ABC, abstractmethod

class Command(ABC):
    The Command interface declares a method for executing a command.

    def execute(self) -> None:

class SimpleCommand(Command):
    Some commands can implement simple operations on their own.

    def __init__(self, payload: str) -> None:
        self._payload = payload

    def execute(self) -> None:
        print(f"SimpleCommand: See, I can do simple things like printing"

class ComplexCommand(Command):
    However, some commands can delegate more complex operations to other
    objects, called "receivers."

    def __init__(self, receiver: Receiver, a: str, b: str) -> None:
        Complex commands can accept one or several receiver objects along with
        any context data via the constructor.

        self._receiver = receiver
        self._a = a
        self._b = b

    def execute(self) -> None:
        Commands can delegate to any methods of a receiver.

        print("ComplexCommand: Complex stuff should be done by a receiver object", end="")

class Receiver:
    The Receiver classes contain some important business logic. They know how to
    perform all kinds of operations, associated with carrying out a request. In
    fact, any class may serve as a Receiver.

    def do_something(self, a: str) -> None:
        print(f"\nReceiver: Working on ({a}.)", end="")

    def do_something_else(self, b: str) -> None:
        print(f"\nReceiver: Also working on ({b}.)", end="")

class Invoker:
    The Invoker is associated with one or several commands. It sends a request
    to the command.

    _on_start = None
    _on_finish = None

    Initialize commands.

    def set_on_start(self, command: Command):
        self._on_start = command

    def set_on_finish(self, command: Command):
        self._on_finish = command

    def do_something_important(self) -> None:
        The Invoker does not depend on concrete command or receiver classes. The
        Invoker passes a request to a receiver indirectly, by executing a

        print("Invoker: Does anybody want something done before I begin?")
        if isinstance(self._on_start, Command):

        print("Invoker: ...doing something really important...")

        print("Invoker: Does anybody want something done after I finish?")
        if isinstance(self._on_finish, Command):

if __name__ == "__main__":
    The client code can parameterize an invoker with any commands.

    invoker = Invoker()
    invoker.set_on_start(SimpleCommand("Say Hi!"))
    receiver = Receiver()
        receiver, "Send email", "Save report"))

The output is shown below:
Invoker: Does anybody want something done before I begin?
SimpleCommand: See, I can do simple things like printing(Say Hi!)
Invoker: ...doing something really important...
Invoker: Does anybody want something done after I finish?
ComplexCommand: Complex stuff should be done by a receiver object
Receiver: Working on (Send email.)
Receiver: Also working on (Save report.)


          The above code implements all the commands and keywords listed in Python language. It also prints all the necessary values of the variables as per the requirement.
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