accessing a text file

Benjamin Kaplan benjamin.kaplan at
Mon Sep 6 00:01:19 CEST 2010

On Sun, Sep 5, 2010 at 5:47 PM, Baba <raoulbia at> wrote:
> level: beginner
> how can i access the contents of a text file in Python?
> i would like to compare a string (word) with the content of a text
> file (word_list). i want to see if word is in word_list. let's assume
> the TXT file is stored in the same directory as the PY file.
> def is_valid_word(word, word_list)
> thanks
> Baba
> --

Please do us a favor and at least try to figure things out on your
own, rather than coming here every time you have a question. The very
first result when you try searching "python read text file" is the
section in the Python tutorial that explains how to do this.

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