python script Non-ASCII character

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Sun Mar 19 15:07:09 EDT 2017

On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 4:38 AM, Xristos Xristoou <saxri89 at> wrote:
> hello i have create a python script when read some files using paths and do something with that files.
> if that paths for files is in english likes this "c:/my_path/english " then python script  working but if that paths is in my main language or the path have some blank character then not working and i take that error :
> SyntaxError: Non-ASCII character '\xce' in file on line 15, but no encoding declared;
> can i fix that in python 2.7.13 ? can i find some solution to python read paths in my main language or paths with blanks?

Based on your name, I'm guessing your main language is Greek. You
might be using a character encoding of ISO-8859-7. Or you might be
using UTF-8, which is a universal standard. Either way, the solution
is to declare the encoding (as the error hints).

The first thing I would recommend is switching to Python 3. This has a
number of benefits relating to non-ASCII source code, including that
UTF-8 is accepted automatically. That might fix your problem (\xce
mentioned in the message is the beginning of the UTF-8 encoding for
certain Greek letters), and if it doesn't, you can still declare the
encoding to be ISO-8859-7. But go with UTF-8 if you possibly can.


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