Asked  7 Months ago    Answers:  2   Viewed   38 times

I want to do something like String.Format("[{0}, {1}, {2}]", 1, 2, 3) which returns:

[1, 2, 3]

How do I do this in Python?



The previous answers have used % formatting, which is being phased out in Python 3.0+. Assuming you're using Python 2.6+, a more future-proof formatting system is described here:

Although there are more advanced features as well, the simplest form ends up looking very close to what you wrote:

>>> "[{0}, {1}, {2}]".format(1, 2, 3)
[1, 2, 3]
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

Here are the docs about the "new" format syntax. An example would be:

"({:d} goals, ${:d})".format(self.goals, self.penalties)

If both goals and penalties are integers (i.e. their default format is ok), it could be shortened to:

"({} goals, ${})".format(self.goals, self.penalties)

And since the parameters are fields of self, there's also a way of doing it using a single argument twice (as @Burhan Khalid noted in the comments):

"({0.goals} goals, ${0.penalties})".format(self)


  • {} means just the next positional argument, with default format;
  • {0} means the argument with index 0, with default format;
  • {:d} is the next positional argument, with decimal integer format;
  • {0:d} is the argument with index 0, with decimal integer format.

There are many others things you can do when selecting an argument (using named arguments instead of positional ones, accessing fields, etc) and many format options as well (padding the number, using thousands separators, showing sign or not, etc). Some other examples:

"({goals} goals, ${penalties})".format(goals=2, penalties=4)
"({goals} goals, ${penalties})".format(**self.__dict__)

"first goal: {0.goal_list[0]}".format(self)
"second goal: {.goal_list[1]}".format(self)

"conversion rate: {:.2f}".format(self.goals / self.shots) # '0.20'
"conversion rate: {:.2%}".format(self.goals / self.shots) # '20.45%'
"conversion rate: {:.0%}".format(self.goals / self.shots) # '20%'

"self: {!s}".format(self) # 'Player: Bob'
"self: {!r}".format(self) # '<__main__.Player instance at 0x00BF7260>'

"games: {:>3}".format(  # 'games: 123'
"games: {:>3}".format(  # 'games:   4'
"games: {:0>3}".format( # 'games: 004'

Note: As others pointed out, the new format does not supersede the former, both are available both in Python 3 and the newer versions of Python 2 as well. Some may say it's a matter of preference, but IMHO the newer is much more expressive than the older, and should be used whenever writing new code (unless it's targeting older environments, of course).

Friday, June 4, 2021
answered 7 Months ago
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