Schitti Schitti - 1 month ago 8
Python Question

How can I print a literal "{}" characters in python string and also use .format on it?

x = " \{ Hello \} {0} "
print x.format(42)


gives me :
Key Error: Hello\\


I want to print the output:
{Hello} 42

Answer

You need to double the {{ and }}:

>>> x = " {{ Hello }} {0} "
>>> print x.format(42)
' { Hello } 42 '

Here's the relevant part of the Python documentation for format string syntax:

Format strings contain “replacement fields” surrounded by curly braces {}. Anything that is not contained in braces is considered literal text, which is copied unchanged to the output. If you need to include a brace character in the literal text, it can be escaped by doubling: {{ and }}.