Python Remove Character from String With Examples

Sometimes we want to remove all occurrences of a character from a string. There are two common ways to achieve this.

Python Remove Character from String

  1. Using string replace() function
  2. Using string translate() function

Python Remove Character from String using replace()

We can use string replace() function to replace a character with a new character. If we provide an empty string as the second argument, then the character will get removed from the string.

Note that the string is immutable in Python, so this function will return a new string and the original string will remain unchanged.

print(s.replace('a', ''))

Output: bc12321cb

Python Remove Character from String using translate()

Python string translate() function replace each character in the string using the given translation table. We have to specify the Unicode code point for the character and ‘None’ as a replacement to remove it from the result string. We can use ord() function to get the Unicode code point of a character.

print(s.translate({ord('a'): None}))

Output: bc12321cb

If you want to replace multiple characters, that can be done easily using an iterator. Let’s see how to remove characters ‘a’, ‘b’ and ‘c’ from a string.

print(s.translate({ord(i): None for i in 'abc'}))

Output: 12321

Removing Spaces from a String

s=" 1 2 3 4 "
print(s.replace(' ', ''))  # 1234
print(s.translate({ord(i): None for i in ' '}))  # 1234

Python Remove newline from String

print(s.replace('n', ''))
print(s.translate({ord('n'): None}))

Remove substring from string

String replace() function arguments is string. Let’s see how to remove a word from a string.

print(s.replace('ab', ''))

Output: 12c34ba

Remove specified number of times

We can also pass a third parameter in replace() function to specify the number of times replacement should be performed.

print(s.replace('a', 'A', 2))

Output: AbAbabab

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