String To List

Dan Bishop danb_83 at
Mon Mar 17 07:56:50 CET 2008

On Mar 17, 1:15 am, Girish <girish.... at> wrote:
> I have a string a = "['xyz', 'abc']".. I would like to convert it to a
> list with elements 'xyz' and 'abc'. Is there any simple solution for
> this??
> Thanks for the help...

eval(a) will do the job, but you have to be very careful about using
that function.  An alternative is

[s.strip('\'"') for s in a.strip('[]').split(', ')]

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