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Python String split() Method

❮ String Methods


Split a string into a list where each word is a list item:

txt = "welcome to the jungle"

x = txt.split()

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Definition and Usage

The split() method splits a string into a list.

You can specify the separator, default separator is any whitespace.

Note: When maxsplit is specified, the list will contain the specified number of elements plus one.


string.split(separator, maxsplit)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
separator Optional. Specifies the separator to use when splitting the string. By default any whitespace is a separator
maxsplit Optional. Specifies how many splits to do. Default value is -1, which is "all occurrences"

More Examples


Split the string, using comma, followed by a space, as a separator:

txt = "hello, my name is Peter, I am 26 years old"

x = txt.split(", ")

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Use a hash character as a separator:

txt = "apple#banana#cherry#orange"

x = txt.split("#")

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Split the string into a list with max 2 items:

txt = "apple#banana#cherry#orange"

# setting the maxsplit parameter to 1, will return a list with 2 elements!
x = txt.split("#", 1)

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