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Python String encode() Method

❮ String Methods


Example

UTF-8 encode the string:

txt = "My name is Ståle"

x = txt.encode()

print(x)
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Definition and Usage

The encode() method encodes the string, using the specified encoding. If no encoding is specified, UTF-8 will be used.


Syntax

string.encode(encoding=encoding, errors=errors)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
encoding Optional. A String specifying the encoding to use. Default is UTF-8
errors Optional. A String specifying the error method. Legal values are:
'backslashreplace' - uses a backslash instead of the character that could not be encoded
'ignore' - ignores the characters that cannot be encoded
'namereplace' - replaces the character with a text explaining the character
'strict' - Default, raises an error on failure
'replace' - replaces the character with a questionmark
'xmlcharrefreplace' - replaces the character with an xml character

More Examples

Example

These examples uses ascii encoding, and a character that cannot be encoded, showing the result with different errors:

txt = "My name is Ståle"

print(txt.encode(encoding="ascii",errors="backslashreplace"))
print(txt.encode(encoding="ascii",errors="ignore"))
print(txt.encode(encoding="ascii",errors="namereplace"))
print(txt.encode(encoding="ascii",errors="replace"))
print(txt.encode(encoding="ascii",errors="xmlcharrefreplace"))
print(txt.encode(encoding="ascii",errors="strict"))
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❮ String Methods