print & string formatting

Cameron Simpson cs at
Sun Jul 22 00:54:41 EDT 2018

On 21Jul2018 21:33, Sharan Basappa <sharan.basappa at> wrote:
>I get a lot confused while using print functions in Python.
>For example, I get the same results for the following code:
>str = "one two three"

Pleasetry not to name variables after builtin classes ("str" is the name of 
Python's string class).

>print str
>print "%s" %(str)
>So, what is the need to use the second method which I see being used in many 
>programs I am referring to

For a bare "%s", one would normally just write str(s) where "s" is your string 

The % formatting is usually for (a) more complex messages or (b) separating the 
message format from the values. Example:

  print("The time is %s and the place is %s." % (when, where))

Instead of the much harder to read and maintain:

  print("The time is", str(when), "and the place is", str(where), ".")

Cameron Simpson <cs at>

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