String to hexadecimal conversion

Praveena P praveenapanch at
Mon Sep 8 13:12:43 CEST 2008

On Sep 8, 2:31 pm, John Machin <sjmac... at> wrote:
> On Sep 8, 7:05 pm, Praveena P <praveenapa... at> wrote:
> > Hi folks,
> > I am new to Python... so am not too sure about how the type conversion
> > works.
> > I have to read a file that contains hexadecimal data and use the data
> > further to do some arithmetic calculations.
> > A sample of the input is : 00000000000020E0000032F800000000400022005E
> > The problem I am facing is this:
> > I am using to read a byte at a time, but the data that is
> > read is a string rather than a number. So it kind of hampers any
> > arithmetic operations I perform on this data...
> > Could you please suggest some method I could use for this?
> *IF* all the data consists of unsigned 8-bit integers
> a_byte =
> uint8 = int(a_byte, 16)
> But I doubt it and that would be rather slow anyway. If your data is
> homogenous, look at the array module. Otherwise, once you've worked
> out how to break your file down into records, and what the layout of
> each record is, you'll need the struct module.
> HTH,
> John

Hey John,

Thanks! That was useful...
I am still putting the code together with all the operations... will
probably have loads more queries... :-)

Have a good day!

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