Print a list without brackets in Python

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Borislav Hadzhiev

Last updated: Sep 11, 2022

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Print a list without brackets in Python #

To print a list without brackets:

  1. Use the str.join() method to join the list into a string.
  2. If the list contains numbers, convert them to strings.
  3. Use the print() function to print the string.
main.py
list_of_strings = ['bobby', 'hadz', 'com'] # ✅ Print list of strings without brackets result = ', '.join(list_of_strings) print(result) # 👉️ bobby, hadz, com # --------------------------------------------- # ✅ Print list of numbers without brackets list_of_numbers = [11, 33, 55] result = ', '.join(str(item) for item in list_of_numbers) print(result) # 👉️ 11, 33, 55

We used the str.join() method to print a list without square brackets.

The str.join method takes an iterable as an argument and returns a string which is the concatenation of the strings in the iterable.

Note that the method raises a TypeError if there are any non-string values in the iterable.

If your list contains numbers or other types, convert all of the values to strings before calling join().

main.py
list_of_numbers = [11, 33, 55] result = ', '.join(str(item) for item in list_of_numbers) print(result) # 👉️ 11, 33, 55

We used a generator expression to iterate over the list.

Generator expressions are used to perform some operation for every element or select a subset of elements that meet a condition.

On each iteration, we use the str() class to convert the number to a string.

The string the join() method is called on is used as the separator between the elements.

main.py
list_of_strings = ['bobby', 'hadz', 'com'] result = ' '.join(list_of_strings) print(result) # 👉️ bobby hadz com

If you don't need a separator and just want to join the list's elements into a string, call the join() method on an empty string.

main.py
list_of_numbers = [11, 33, 55] result = ''.join(str(item) for item in list_of_numbers) print(result) # 👉️ 113355

You can also use the map() function to convert all items in the list to strings before calling join().

main.py
list_of_numbers = [11, 33, 55] result = ', '.join(map(str, list_of_numbers)) print(result) # 👉️ 11, 33, 55

The map() function takes a function and an iterable as arguments and calls the function with each item of the iterable.

Alternatively, you can use the sep argument in the call to the print() function.

Print a list without brackets using sep #

Use the sep argument to print a list without brackets, e.g. print(*my_list, sep=', '). The items in the list will get unpacked in the call to print() and will get printed with a comma separator, without square brackets.

main.py
list_of_strings = ['bobby', 'hadz', 'com'] # 👇️ bobby, hadz, com print(*list_of_strings, sep=', ') # ---------------------------------------------- list_of_numbers = [11, 33, 55] # 👇️ 11, 33, 55 print(*list_of_numbers, sep=', ')
Notice that we used the iterable unpacking * operator to unpack the items of the list in the call to print().

The * iterable unpacking operator enables us to unpack an iterable in function calls, in comprehensions and in generator expressions.

The sep argument is the separator between the arguments we pass to print().

main.py
print('bobby', 'hadz', sep='') # 👉️ bobbyhadz print('bobby', 'hadz') # 👉️ bobby hadz

By default, the sep argument is set to a space.

A less flexible approach is to convert the list to a string and use string slicing.

main.py
list_of_strings = ['bobby', 'hadz', 'com'] # 👇️ 'bobby', 'hadz', 'com' print(str(list_of_strings)[1:-1]) # --------------------------------------------- list_of_numbers = [11, 33, 55] # 👇️ 11, 33, 55 print(str(list_of_numbers)[1:-1])

We used the str() class to convert the list to a string and used string slicing to exclude the square brackets.

The syntax for string slicing is my_str[start:stop:step].

The start index is inclusive, whereas the stop index is exclusive (up to, but not including).

Python indexes are zero-based, so the first character in a string has an index of 0, and the last character has an index of -1 or len(my_str) - 1.

We used a start index of 1 to exclude the left square bracket and used a stop index of -1 to exclude the right square bracket.

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