Python Text To Speech

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Convert text to speech (audio and mp3, wav, etc) with Python.

If you want to convert text to speech (audio and mp3, wav, etc) with Python, you can use the gTTS library. gTTS (Google Text-to-Speech) is a Python library and CLI tool to interface with Google Translate's text-to-speech API. Write spoken mp3 data to a file, a file-like object (bytestring) for further audio manipulation, or stdout. Or simply pre-generate Google Translate TTS request URLs to feed to an external program.

Here's a quick example of how to use gTTS to convert text to speech:

The Main Code

Located in

import os
from gtts import gTTS

def text_to_speech(text, lang='en'):
    file = gTTS(text=text, lang=lang)
    filename = 'speech.mp3'

    # play the audio file
    os.system("afplay " + filename)

text_to_speech("Hello, this is a test.")

You can also use gTTS to convert text to speech in other languages:

text_to_speech("Hola, esto es una prueba.", lang='es')

Example Repo

I made an example for you here:

Audio Example

Here's an example of the audio output from the above code which should sound like "Hello, this is a test."


This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE file for details.


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Eric David Smith
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