Reading hex to int from a binary string

Jack Norton jack at
Fri Oct 9 15:32:56 CEST 2009

Luc wrote:
> Hi all,
> I read data from a binary stream, so I get hex values as characters
> (in a string) with escaped x, like "\x05\x88", instead of 0x05.
> I am looking for a clean way to add these two values and turn them
> into an integer, knowing that calling int() with base 16 throws an
> invalid literal exception.
> Any help appreciated, thanks.

Check out the ord() function. 

x = '\x34'
print ord(x)
output: 52

Also, if you, lets say read(4), and end up with `x = '\x05\x41\x24\x00'
you can use x[i] to address each character.  So if you
print x[1]
output: 'A'

That should be enough to get you started in the right direction. 


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