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Python Escape Sequence List and Uses

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Description

Escape sequences are the sequence of characters that is translated into other characters or a sequence of characters that are difficult to represent directly.

All the escape sequences contain more than one character. They all start with a backslash ‘\’ also called Escape Character.  Escape sequences are generally used in String. You can check out our latest tutorial on Python Strings to know more about it.

Example

Python 3.6.4 (v3.6.4:d48eceb, Dec 19 2017, 06:04:45) [MSC v.1900 32 bit (Intel)] on win32
Type "copyright", "credits" or "license()" for more information.
>>> print('Hello\nWorld')
Hello
World
>>> print('Hello\tWorld')
Hello	World
>>> print('I\'m backslash - \\')
I'm backslash - \
>>> print('\066')
6
>>> 

List of Escapes Sequences

Escape SequenceCharacter representedExampleOutput
\aAlertprint(‘\a‘)NA
\bBackspaceprint(‘pyc’ + ‘\b‘ + ‘thon’)python
\\Back Slashprint(‘\\‘)\
\’Single Quoteprint(‘\’‘)
\”Double Quoteprint(‘\”‘)
\nPage Line Feed (New Line)print(“Hello\nWorld”)Hello
World
\tHorizontal tabprint(“Hello\tWorld”)Hello    World
\uhhhhPrints 16-bit hex value Unicode characterprint(“\u0041”)A
\UhhhhhhhhPrints 32-bit hex value Unicode characterprint(“\U00000041”)A
\oooPrints character based on its octal numberprint(“\066”)6
\xhhPrints character based on its hex valueprint(“\x23”)#
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