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Python - Slicing Strings


You can return a range of characters by using the slice syntax.

Specify the start index and the end index, separated by a colon, to return a part of the string.


Get the characters from position 2 to position 5 (not included):

b = "Hello, World!"
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Note: The first character has index 0.

Slice From the Start

By leaving out the start index, the range will start at the first character:


Get the characters from the start to position 5 (not included):

b = "Hello, World!"
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Slice To the End

By leaving out the end index, the range will go to the end:


Get the characters from position 2, and all the way to the end:

b = "Hello, World!"
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Negative Indexing

Use negative indexes to start the slice from the end of the string:


Get the characters:

From: "o" in "World!" (position -5)

To, but not included: "d" in "World!" (position -2):

b = "Hello, World!"
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