F-strings in Python

F-strings in Python

Chris Bongers
Β·Jun 7, 2021Β·

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The other day I wrote an article about Formatting strings in Python, and I got a couple of responses saying I should look into f-strings in Python.

F-strings are a more readable way to format strings. And, they are faster!

Using f-strings in Python

Although the format option we discussed in the previous article is not a bad way or not working way, it's just not the optimal way. It's easy to make mistakes and can be hard to read with multiple variables.

F-strings can help us with that. To use an f-string, we must prefix an f to a string.


I hear you think, why not just use a string, and yes, you would be right in this use case.

However, let's see how to pass variables to them and see the true power.

name = "Chris"
age = 32
print(f"{name} is {age} years old")
# Chris is 32 years old

Way more accessible, since we already have the variables, to me, it's super clear what's happening and how we are using them.

Similar to variables, we can even invoke expressions.

print(f"What is 5 x 5? {5 * 5}")
# What is 5 x 5? 25

Besides that, we could try to pass in a function even.

def greet(name):
    return f"Hi there {name}"

name = "Chris"
# Hi there Chris

With this, I want to thank everyone for introducing f-strings to me, and they will be my string formatting tool in the future πŸ‘.

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