Search a text file and print related lines in Python?


Question

How do I search a text file for a key-phrase or keyword and then print the line that key-phrase or keyword is in?

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8/30/2015 12:24:16 PM

Accepted Answer

searchfile = open("file.txt", "r")
for line in searchfile:
    if "searchphrase" in line: print line
searchfile.close()

To print out multiple lines (in a simple way)

f = open("file.txt", "r")
searchlines = f.readlines()
f.close()
for i, line in enumerate(searchlines):
    if "searchphrase" in line: 
        for l in searchlines[i:i+3]: print l,
        print

The comma in print l, prevents extra spaces from appearing in the output; the trailing print statement demarcates results from different lines.

Or better yet (stealing back from Mark Ransom):

with open("file.txt", "r") as f:
    searchlines = f.readlines()
for i, line in enumerate(searchlines):
    if "searchphrase" in line: 
        for l in searchlines[i:i+3]: print l,
        print
56
2/20/2011 5:28:24 AM

with open('file.txt', 'r') as searchfile:
    for line in searchfile:
        if 'searchphrase' in line:
            print line

With apologies to senderle who I blatantly copied.


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