Python substring is a string that is part of another (or larger) Python String. In Python Programming, this method is also known as the slicing of string.
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How to Create a Python Substring
There are generally two methods of creating substrings in Python Programming Language.
Creating Python Substring Using Slice Method
- First, you have to store a string in a Python variable. Our example is:
str = “Hello world this is Karan from Python Pool”
- With the command “str [4:]” you will now output the string without the first four characters:
‘o world this is Karan from Python Pool’
- With the command “str [: 4]” in turn, only the first four characters are output:
- The command “str [: – 2]”, which outputs the string without the last two characters, is also very practical:
“Hello world this is Karan from Python Po”
- This also works the other way round, “str[-2:]” so that only the last two characters are output:
- Finally, you can also combine the commands. For example, the command “x [4: -4]” outputs the string without the first and last four characters:
‘o world this is Karan from Python ‘
You can Execute all the above commands in the Python terminal, like the picture shown below.
Creating Python Substring Using Split Method
Split strings is another function that can be applied in Python let see for the string “Python Pool Best Place to Learn Python”. First here we will split the string by using the command word. split and get the result.
word="Python Pool Best Place to Learn Python" print(word.split(' '))
['Python', 'Pool', 'Best', 'Place', 'to', 'Learn', 'Python']
To understand this better we will see one more example of split, instead of space (‘ ‘) we will replace it with (‘r’) and it will split the string wherever ‘r’ is mentioned in the string
word="Python Pool Best Place to Learn Python " print(word.split('r'))
['Python Pool Best Place to Lea', 'n Python ']
Note: In Python, Strings are immutable.
Python String Methods
A method in Python is similar to a function, but it runs “on” an object. If the variable s is considered as a string, then the code s.lower() runs the lower() method on that string object and then returns the result (this concept of a method running on an object is one of the basic ideas that make up Object-Oriented Programming, OOP)
Python substring has quite a few methods that string objects can call in order to perform frequently occurring tasks (related to string). For example, if you require the first letter of a string to be capitalized, you can use capitalize() method. Below are all methods of string objects. Also, all built-in functions that can take a string as a parameter and perform some task are included.
Table Containing all Python String Methods
|Python String capitalize()||Converts first character to Capital Letter|
|Python String center()||Pads string with the specified character|
|Python String casefold()||converts to case folded strings|
|Python String count()||returns occurrences of a substring|
|Python String endswith()||Checks if String Ends with the Specified Suffix|
|Python String expandtabs()||Replaces Tab With Spaces|
|Python String encode()||returns encoded string|
|Python String find()||Returns the index of the first occurrence of a substring|
|Python String format()||formats string|
|Python String index()||Returns Index of the Python Substring|
|Python String isalnum()||Checks Alphanumeric|
|Python String isalpha()||Checks if All are Alphabets|
|Python String isdecimal()||Checks Decimals|
|Python String isdigit()||Checks Digits|
|Python String isidentifier()||Checks for Valid Identifier|
|Python String islower()||Checks if all are Lowercase|
|Python String isnumeric()||Checks Numeric|
|Python String isprintable()||Checks Printable|
|Python String isspace()||Checks Whitespace|
|Python String istitle()||Checks for Titlecased|
|Python String isupper()||returns if all are uppercase|
|Python String join()||Returns Concatenated String|
|Python String ljust()||returns left-justified string|
|Python String rjust()||returns right-justified string|
|Python String lower()||returns lowercased string|
|Python String upper()||returns uppercased string|
|Python String swapcase()||swap uppercase to lowercase|
|Python String lstrip()||Removes Leading|
|Python String rstrip()||Removes Trailing|
|Python String strip()||Removes Both Leading and Trailing|
|Python String partition()||Returns a Tuple|
|Python String maketrans()||returns a translation table|
|Python String rpartition()||Returns a Tuple|
|Python String translate()||returns mapped string|
|Python String replace()||Replaces Substring Inside|
|Python String rfind()||Returns the Highest Index of the Substring|
|Python String split()||Splits String from Left|
|Python String rsplit()||Splits String From Right|
|Python String startswith()||Checks if String Starts with the Specified String|
|Python String title()||Returns a Title Cased String|
|Python String zfill()||Returns a copy of String Padded With Zeros|
Extracting Substring in Python
We can extract substrings in Python with square brackets that may contain one or two indices and a colon. Like so,
myStringextracts the first character;
myString[1:]the second through last characters;
myString[:4]extracts the first through fourth characters;
myString[1:3]the second through third characters;
myString[-1]extracts the last character.
How to check if a string contains a substring in Python
No matter whether it’s just a word, a letter or a phrase that you want to check in a string, with Python you can easily utilize the built-in methods and the membership test in operator.
It is worth noting that you will get a boolean value (True or False) or an integer to indicate if the string contains what you searched for. You’ll know more about it as I show the code below.
Let us take a look at the potential solutions with the help of which you can find if a string or substring in Python contains a specific word/letter.
- By using
- By using
- By using Regular Expressions (REGEX)
1. Python Substring using the find method
Another method you can use is the string’s find method.
Unlike the in operator which is evaluated to a boolean value, the find method returns an integer.
This integer is essentially the index of the beginning of the substring if the substring exists, otherwise, -1 is returned.
Let’s see the find method in action.
>>> str = "Messi is the best soccer player" >>> str.find("soccer") 18 >>> str.find("Ronaldo") -1 >>> str.find("Messi") 0
One cool thing about this method is you can optionally specify a start index and an end index to limit your search within.
2. Using the in operator to find Python Substring
The in operator returns true if the substring exists in a string and false if otherwise.
The general syntax is:
substring in string
a_string="Python Programming" substring1="Programming" substring2="Language" print("Check if "+a_string+" contains "+substring1+":") print(substring1 in a_string) print("Check if "+a_string+" contains "+substring2+":") print(substring2 in a_string)
Check if Python Programming contains Programming: True Check if Python Programming contains Language: False
3. By using count() method
The count() for Finding or searching Python substring method checks for the occurrence of a substring in a string. If the substring is not found in the string, it returns 0.
Example: Checking for the presence of substring within a string using count() method
str="Python Pool is the Best Place to Learn Python" sub1="Python" sub2="Pool" sub3="Done" print(str.count(sub1)) print(str.count(sub2)) print(str.count(sub3))
2 1 0
4. Using Contains Method
__contains__() is another function to help you to check whether a string contains a particular letter/word.
Here’s how you can use it:
stringexample = "kiki" stringexample.__contains__("k")
You will get the output as True/False. For the above code snippet, you will get the output as:
Do note that there are 4 underscore symbols involved when you want to write the method (2 before the word and 2 after).
Here’s a program to explain the same:
stringexample = "kiki" if stringexample.__contains__("k") == True: print ("Yeyy, found the substring!") else: print ("Oops, not found!")
In this case, the output is:
Yeyy, found the substring!
5. Using Regular Expressions (REGEX) to Find Python Substring
Regular expressions provide a more flexible (albeit more complex) way to check python substrings for pattern matching. Python is shipped with a built-in module for regular expressions, called
re module contains a function called
search, which we can use to match a substring pattern as follows:
from re import search fullstring = "StackAbuse" substring = "tack" if search(substring, fullstring): print "Found!" else: print "Not found!"
This method is best if you are needing a more complex matching function, like case insensitive matching. Otherwise, the complication and slower speed of regex should be avoided for simple substring matching use-cases.
Example of Alternate Characters Substrings in Python
You can also use the same slicing concept in python to generate substrings by forming a lot more logics. The following lines of code will help you form a string by choosing the alternate string characters.
fullString = "Alternate Characters" #Choose Alternate Characters & Forms the SubString subString = fullString[::2] #Basically we're selecing every 2nd chracter print(subString)
Python Substring using For Loop
You can also use for loop with range function to return a substring. For this, we have to use print function along with end argument. This Python string example returns a substring starts at 3 and ends at 24.
string = 'Python Programming Language for Free' for n in range(3, 25): print(string[n], end = '')
Python substring match
In this example, we check whether the substring is present in the given string or not using the Python If Else and not In operator.
string = 'Hello World' substring = 'Hello' if substring not in string: print('We haven\'t found what you are looking for = ', substring) else: print('We found the Matching substring = ', substring)
We found the Matching substring = Hello
Python Program to Find all indexes of substring
There is no built-in function to get the list of all the indexes for the substring. However, we can easily define one using find() function.
def find_all_indexes(input_str, substring): l2 =  length = len(input_str) index = 0 while index < length: i = input_str.find(substring, index) if i == -1: return l2 l2.append(i) index = i + 1 return l2 s = 'This Is The Best Theorem' print(find_all_indexes(s, 'Th'))
[0, 8, 17]
Since Python is an object-oriented programming language, many functions can be applied to Python objects and Python Substring. A notable feature of Python is its indenting source statements to make the code easier to read.
- Accessing values through slicing – square brackets are used for slicing along with the index or indices to obtain a substring.
- In slicing, if the range is declared [1:5], it can actually fetch the value from the range [1:4]
- You can update Python String by re-assigning a variable to another string
- Method replace() returns a copy of the string in which the occurrence of old is replaced with new.
- The syntax for method replaces oldstring.replace(“value to change”,”value to be replaced”)
- String operators like , [: ], in, Not in, etc. can be applied to concatenate the string, fetching or inserting specific characters into the string, or to check whether certain character exist in the string
With slices or Python Substring, we extract parts of strings. We can specify an optional start index and an optional last index (not a length). Offsets are useful.
If you still have any doubt or confusion, do let us know in the comment section below.