Python join Example: Combine Strings From List

Use the join string method to combine a list of strings into a single string. Specify a delimiter string.

Join. This method combines strings in a list or other iterable collection. It is called with an unusual syntax form. We call it on the delimiter that will come between the iterables values.

With join, we reverse the split() operation. We can use a delimiter of zero, one or more characters. Any string can be used—but simple ones are usually best.

First example. Here we use the join() method. The method is called on a string (usually a string literal) and then the list is passed as the argument.

Tip: Join only places delimiters between strings, not at the start or end of the result. This is different from some loop-based approaches.


Here: We merge the strings without a delimiter (by specifying an empty string) and with a delimiter (a comma string).

Python program that uses join on list list = ["a", "b", "c"] # Join with empty string literal. result = "".join(list) # Join with comma. result2 = ",".join(list) # Display results. print(result) print(result2) Output abc a,b,c

Some notes, performance. It is best to avoid calling join() more than needed. For complex data structures, keep all elements in lists or maps—avoid excessive split() and join calls.Split

A summary. Join() is called on a string—often a string literal. This syntax confuses most beginning Python developers. But it makes logical sense—we are joining on a delimiter.
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