decimal numbers

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at
Sat Feb 15 20:43:33 CET 2014

On Sat, 15 Feb 2014 10:57:20 -0800, Luke Geelen wrote:

> hey, is it possible to remove the .0 if it is a valua without something
> behind the poit (like 5.0 gets 5 but 9.9 stays 9.9

Yes, but not easily. First, check the number's fractional part, and if it 
is zero, convert it to an int:

# Here, your value is x
if x % 1 == 0:
    # Exact whole number.
    x = int(x)

But be warned that really big floats are always ints, even if they have a 
decimal point in them! For example:

x = 1.1e20

has a decimal point, but its value is:


which is a whole number. So perhaps a better way to do this is to operate 
on the number as a string, not as a numeric value:

s = "%s" % x
if s.endswith(".0"):
    s = s[:-2]

If there is anything you don't understand about this code snippet, please 
feel free to ask.

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