How to convert a string to a list in Python?


Question

How do you convert a string into a list?

Say the string is like text = "a,b,c". After the conversion, text == ['a', 'b', 'c'] and hopefully text[0] == 'a', text[1] == 'b'?

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1/10/2018 1:36:53 PM

Accepted Answer

Like this:

>>> text = 'a,b,c'
>>> text = text.split(',')
>>> text
[ 'a', 'b', 'c' ]

Alternatively, you can use eval() if you trust the string to be safe:

>>> text = 'a,b,c'
>>> text = eval('[' + text + ']')
151
3/22/2011 5:29:23 AM

Just to add on to the existing answers: hopefully, you'll encounter something more like this in the future:

>>> word = 'abc'
>>> L = list(word)
>>> L
['a', 'b', 'c']
>>> ''.join(L)
'abc'

But what you're dealing with right now, go with @Cameron's answer.

>>> word = 'a,b,c'
>>> L = word.split(',')
>>> L
['a', 'b', 'c']
>>> ','.join(L)
'a,b,c'

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