In this tutorial, we will learn about python string, Manipulating strings in python, and all its functions. Also, we will understand all the string operations which we can perform on python.
What is a string in Python?
A String is a simple sequence of characters, like a simple text you see here. However, python doesn’t have data type characters like other programming languages.
Assign String to a Variable
Strings in Python can be assigned by either single quotation marks or double quotation marks.
Python String Syntax:
Python strings syntax can be declared using the following method. Assigning a string to a variable can be done with a variable name followed by an equal sign and a string inside a single quote or in double quotes.
Variable_Name = 'String_Here' Varibale_Name = "String_Here" Variable_Name = str(String / Number )
Let’s check a simple example of string in python.
X = "Python" Y = 'Google' print(X) print(Y)
The output of the above program is:
Let see an example of the Type conversion of string.
X = str(200) print(X) print(type(X))
200 <class 'str'>
Multiline Strings in Python
We can add multiline strings in python using three single quotes just like multiline comments, but unlike comments, we assign it to a variable.
X = '''Python is a general-purpose interpreted, interactive language that supports object-oriented programming. It is a high-level programming language. ''' print(X)
When we run the above program, we will get this result.
Python is a general-purpose interpreted, interactive language that supports object-oriented programming. It is a high-level programming language.
As we can see, we have printed multiline the same as inside the code with the same format.
Accessing the string as Arrays
As we learn string is nothing but the sequences of characters, we can access individual characters in the string just like we do in arrays in other programming languages.
What is an array?
Arrays are used to store multiple values in a single variable in programming languages like c,c++, or java, just like we do in a python list.
We can work on arrays using one of the most popular python libraries called Numpy.
How to access characters in Python String?
The characters or an element can be accessed by square brackets [ ] in python because a single character is a string with a length of 1.
Variable_name = String String[Index]
Let see an example of how to access a string by index.
X = "This is an String" print(X) print(X) print(X[-3])
The output of this program
Here we can see that based on indexes, we can print the individual characters. One important thing we can see here is a space between h and I because space is also counted as a character in python, and on the fourth index in our string is a space, so it is printing a space only but in is null, so we cannot see it but the computer can.
Slicing of a String
Slicing of a string in python is a slice or to obtain respective elements from start to end.
Python slicing can be done in two ways.
- Extending Indexing
- slice() Constructor
Slicing of a string using extending index
Compared to other programming languages, slicing the string is very easy in Python; unlike C, C++ and java require many lines of code to slice a string in python, it can be done with only one line of code.
Let’s check the syntax of string slicing.
As we can see, this syntax is the same as we learn in the range function. Well, in the range function, we are using comma(,) in parameters in the string we are using a colon (:) here.
Let see an example here.
String = "I Love Python Programming" print(String[:3]) # Starting from index zero end at index 3 print(String[2:14]) # Index start at 2 and ends at 7 print(String[-10:-1]) # Index start from negative 2 to negative 7 print(String[2:10:2]) # Here Index is starting at 2 and end at 10 and taking 2 steps in string
I L Love Python rogrammin Lv y
By using some tweaks, we can reverse a string just by changing one thing.
String = "I Love Python Programming" print(String[::-1]) # Two colons with a start of negative 1
gnimmargorP nohtyP evoL I
We can learn about the slice function here.
Merging of Strings
In Python, we can quickly join two or more strings into a single string called the concatenation of two or more strings.
We can merge two strings using the + operation. Just like the addition of two integers, we can add two strings.
String3 = String1 + String2
Let understand concatenation with an example.
String1 = "This is First String" String2 = "This is second String" String3 = String1 + String2 print(String3) print("We can add a simple string by adding ", String1 + String2)
When we run this program, we get.
This is First StringThis is second String We can add a simple string by adding This is First StringThis is second String
The * operator is used to multiple the string to itself with the given number.
Let’s see a demo using the following program.
String = "Python" print(String * 4)
As you can see, String has repeated itself by 4 times.
Using Loop in String
As we have learned that strings are a sequence of characters, we can loop through the characters in a string with a for a loop.
Let’s check an example of a loop in the string.
String = "Python" for variable in String: print(variable)
P y t h o n
Python comes with wonderful and powerful features to check whether a particular word or a string is present in a group of sentences.
Here we are using if conditional statement within keyword.
See the example.
String = "We are using Python and we love Python" if "love" in String: print("Word love is present in a string")
See the output:
Word love is present in a string
Let’s see an example with a word not present in a string.
String = "We are using Python and we love Python" if "Java" in String: print("Word 'Java' is present in a string")
The output will be as follows.
As you can see, we are not getting any output as word Java is not present in a string, so it’s not returning any result.
The same code can be written in a single line also.
String = "We are using Python and we love Python" print("Python" in String)
In the same way, we can also use not keyword
String = "We are using Python and we love Python" print("Python" not in String)
Calculate the length of a String
We can also find the length of a string using python.
Here we are using the len() function, and you can learn more about the len() function here.
String1 = "Python" String2 = "Python is a funny language." print(len(String1)) print(len(String2))
Python Comes with a different set of built-in methods and functions that can be used on strings. All string methods return new values. They do not change the original string.
|capitalize()||Converts the first character to uppercase|
|casefold()||Converts string into lower case|
|center()||Returns a centered string|
|count()||Returns the number of times a specified value occurs in a string|
|encode()||Returns an encoded version of the string|
|endswith()||Returns true if the string ends with the specified value|
|expandtabs()||Sets the tab size of the string|
|find()||Searches the string for a specified value and returns the position of where it was found|
|format()||Formats specified values in a string|
|format_map()||Formats specified values in a string|
|index()||Searches the string for a specified value and returns the position of where it was found|
|isalnum()||Returns True if all characters in the string are alphanumeric|
|isalpha()||Returns True if all characters in the string are in the alphabet|
|isdecimal()||Returns True if all characters in the string are decimals|
|isdigit()||Returns True if all characters in the string are digits|
|isidentifier()||Returns True if the string is an identifier|
|islower()||Returns True if all characters in the string are lower case|
|isnumeric()||Returns True if all characters in the string are numeric|
|isprintable()||Returns True if all characters in the string are printable|
|isspace()||Returns True if all characters in the string are whitespaces|
|istitle()||Returns True if the string follows the rules of a title|
|isupper()||Returns True if all characters in the string are upper case|
|join()||Joins the elements of an iterable to the end of the string|
|ljust()||Returns a left-justified version of the string|
|lower()||Converts a string into lower case|
|lstrip()||Returns a left trim version of the string|
|maketrans()||Returns a translation table to be used in translations|
|partition()||Returns a tuple where the string is parted into three parts|
|replace()||Returns a string where a specified value is replaced with a specified value|
|rfind()||Searches the string for a specified value and returns the last position of where it was found|
|rindex()||Searches the string for a specified value and returns the last position of where it was found|
|rjust()||Returns a right-justified version of the string|
|rpartition()||Returns a tuple where the string is part into three parts|
|rsplit()||Splits the string at the specified separator, and returns a list|
|rstrip()||Returns a right trim version of the string|
|split()||Splits the string at the specified separator, and returns a list|
|splitlines()||Splits the string at line breaks and returns a list|
|startswith()||Returns true if the string starts with the specified value|
|strip()||Returns a trimmed version of the string|
|swapcase()||Swaps cases, the lower case becomes the upper case and vice versa|
|title()||Converts the first character of each word to uppercase|
|translate()||Returns a translated string|
|upper()||Converts a string into upper case|
|zfill()||Fills the string with a specified number of 0 values at the beginning|
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