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Python

Andrew Merrick
Andrew Merrick
20,151 Points

Ways to reverse a string in Python?

This is in reference to the Stringcases challenge in the Tuples section of Python collections: http://teamtreehouse.com/library/stringcases

I was able to pass but I was wondering if there's a built in method to reverse a string, i.e. my_string.reverse()?

my_string.reverse() and my_string.reversed()

did not work since, I believe, they only apply to lists. I found out another way using slicing, but is there a method to reverse a string in Python?

3 Answers

Stone Preston
Stone Preston
42,016 Points

I think you can use

''.join(reversed(my_string))

if you dont want to use slicing

Andrew Merrick
Andrew Merrick
20,151 Points

Thanks, Stone! That worked as well.

Pierre Guiglion
Pierre Guiglion
11,583 Points

You can also use:

my_string[::-1]

It actually "slices" your string, going through all of it, by steps of -1. The slicing syntax is:

[<start>:<end>:<step>] 
Andrew Merrick
Andrew Merrick
20,151 Points

Thanks, Pierre. That's actually how I was able to pass the challenge. Thanks for the help.

Andrew Merrick
Andrew Merrick
20,151 Points

Stephen:

I tried using the my_string.reverse() (which I originally found on the link you provided), i.e.:

my_string = "hello world!"
my_string.reverse()

but I received a Traceback error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
AttributeError: 'str' object has no attribute 'reverse'

I think the list.reverse() only works for lists and not strings, but I could be mistaken. I think the:

"".join(reverse(my_string))

and

my_string[::-1]

are the better options. Thanks for the help, though!

Kenneth Love
Kenneth Love
Treehouse Guest Teacher

We're using Python 3, though. Strings haven't changed much, but be careful about using Python 2 docs.

Andrew Merrick Apologies. That's correct. .reverse() only works on lists. I was actually suggesting that you split the string into letters, reverse that list, and join them back together all in one line of code. my_string[::-1] is a far better solution though.