How to include a quote in a raw Python string?


>>> r"what"ever"
SyntaxError: invalid syntax
>>> r"what\"ever"

So how do we get the quote but not the slash?

And please don't suggest r'what"ever' because then the question just becomes how do we include both types of quotes?


5/23/2017 11:46:37 AM

Accepted Answer

If you want to use double quotes in strings but not single quotes, you can just use single quotes as the delimiter instead:


If you need both kinds of quotes in your string, use a triple-quoted string:


If you want to include both kinds of triple-quoted strings in your string (an extremely unlikely case), you can't do it, and you'll have to use non-raw strings with escapes.

8/15/2014 4:03:37 AM

If you need any type of quoting (single, double, and triple for both) you can "combine"(0) the strings:

>>> raw_string_with_quotes = r'double"' r"single'" r'''double triple""" ''' r"""single triple''' """
>>> print raw_string_with_quotes
double"single'double triple""" single triple'''

You may also "combine"(0) raw strings with non-raw strings:

>>> r'raw_string\n' 'non-raw string\n'
'raw_string\\nnon-raw string\n'

(0): In fact, the Python parser joins the strings, and it does not create multiple strings. If you add the "+" operator, then multiple strings are created and combined.

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