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Python String | split method

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schedule Jul 1, 2022
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Python's str.split(~) method splits up the string based on the specified separator, and returns a list containing the separated items.

Parameters

1. sep | string | optional

The separator used to split up the string. By default ' ' (single space).

2. maxsplit | number | optional

The maximum number of splits to make. By default -1 (i.e. no maximum).

Return value

A list of the separated strings.

Examples

Basic usage

To split string "a b c":

x = "a b c"
x.split()
['a', 'b', 'c']

The default separator is ' ' hence the string is split twice into three parts.

Sep parameter

To split string "a,b,c" using separator ",":

y = "a,b,c"
y.split(",")
['a', 'b', 'c']

The string is split at each occurrence of "," in "a,b,c".

If the provided separator "," does not exist in the string:

z = "abc"
z.split(",")
['abc']

A list with the original string is returned.

Maxsplit parameter

To split "a,b,c" using "," separator and a maxsplit value of 1:

w = "a,b,c"
w.split(",", 1)
['a', 'b,c']

With maxsplit value of 1, the splitting happens only once despite the fact that we have two occurrences of "," in the original string. The size of the returned list is always one larger than the provided maxsplit value.

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