# Splitting a string into substrings of equal size

ryles rylesny at gmail.com
Sat Aug 15 23:54:27 CEST 2009

```On Aug 14, 8:22 pm, candide <cand... at free.invalid> wrote:
> Suppose you need to split a string into substrings of a given size (except
> possibly the last substring). I make the hypothesis the first slice is at the
> end of the string.
> A typical example is provided by formatting a decimal string with thousands
> separator.
>
> What is the pythonic way to do this ?
>
> For my part, i reach to this rather complicated code:
>
> # ----------------------
>
> def comaSep(z,k=3, sep=','):
>     z=z[::-1]
>     x=[z[k*i:k*(i+1)][::-1] for i in range(1+(len(z)-1)/k)][::-1]
>     return sep.join(x)
>
> # Test
> for z in ["75096042068045", "509", "12024", "7", "2009"]:
>     print z+" --> ", comaSep(z)
>
> # ----------------------
>
> outputting :
>
> 75096042068045 -->  75,096,042,068,045
> 509 -->  509
> 12024 -->  12,024
> 7 -->  7
> 2009 -->  2,009
>
> Thanks

py> s='1234567'
py> ','.join(_[::-1] for _ in re.findall('.{1,3}',s[::-1])[::-1])
'1,234,567'
py> # j/k ;)

```