# Force division to return a floating-point number in Python Last updated: Jul 11, 2022 Photo from Unsplash

## Force division to return a floating-point number in Python#

Use the division `/` operator to force division to return a floating-point number, e.g. `result_1 = 25 / 5`. Division `/` of integers always returns a float, while floor division `//` of integers always returns an integer.

main.py
```Copied!```result_1 = 25 / 5
print(result_1)  # 👉️ 5.0
print(type(result_1))  # 👉️ <class 'float'>
``````

Division `/` of integers always returns a floating-point number in Python 3.

If you use Python 2, import `division` from `__future__` at the beginning of the file.

main.py
```Copied!```# 👇️ only necessary if you use Python 2
from __future__ import division

result_1 = 25 / 5
print(result_1)  # 👉️ 5.0
print(type(result_1))  # 👉️ <class 'float'>
``````
Division `/` of integers yields a float, while floor division `//` of integers result in an integer.

The result of using the floor division operator is that of a mathematical division with the `floor()` function applied to the result.

main.py
```Copied!```my_num = 50

print(my_num / 5)  # 👉️ 10.0 (float)
print(my_num // 5)  # 👉️ 10 (int)
``````

An alternative to importing `division` from `__future__` is to convert the divisor to a float.

main.py
```Copied!```result_1 = 25 / float(5)

print(result_1)  # 👉️ 5.0
print(type(result_1))  # 👉️ <class 'float'>
``````

If the divisor is a floating-point number, the result will be a float.

The best way to force division to return a floating-point number is to upgrade to Python 3 and use the division `/` operator.

If you use Python `3`, division of integers or floating-point numbers always yields a floating-point number.

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