Python oct() Method

In this tutorial, we will learn about python oct() method and its uses.

What is python oct() Method?

The python oct() is a built-in function of python that returns the octal string of a given integer.

Octal strings start with 0o prefix when converted.

The syntax of oct() is:


Python oct() Parameters

The oct() function takes only one parameter argument.

  • integer – an integer number that can be binary, decimal or hexadecimal.

Let check the example of oct() in python.

Example 1: How to use oct() function in python?

# decimal to octal
print('oct(10) is:', oct(4))

# binary to octal
print('oct(0b101) is:', oct(0b10))

# hexadecimal to octal
print('oct(0XA) is:', oct(0XC))


oct(10) is: 0o4
oct(0b101) is: 0o2
oct(0XA) is: 0o14

Example 2: How to use the oct() function with a custom object?

class Person:
    age = 23

    def __index__(self):
        return self.age

    def __int__(self):
        return self.age

person = Person()
print('The oct is:', oct(person))


The oct is: 0o27

Here, the Person class implements __index__() and __int__(). That’s why we can use oct() on the objects of Person.

Rules of oct()

  • If not an integer, it should implement __index__() to return an integer.
  • The oct() function will raise an error when a non-integer value is passed.