Python Input Output (I/O)

Python input output is the way communication between the computer or any other information processing system and user.

What is Input / Output ?

The input and output is the way communication between the computer or any other information processing system and user.  As we know communication is a way of interaction with someone. Computer system takes input, process result and display output. Inputs are the signals or data received by the computer, and output is signal or data produced by the computer.

Python Input Output
fig: Input Output Process

Python Input Output

Every programming language has their own syntax for taking input and producing output. For example you may see in C, there is cin for input and cout for output. Similarly, python has their own predefined functions for the same.Python uses input() function to take input and print() to display output.

Python input output process process allows us to interact with python interpreter (we can say system ). input() takes input , interpreter reads and process (interprets) that output and produces result. This result can be display to the user using print().

Python Input

Python allows us to take input from the user. It offers  two built in functions for taking input from user, these are:


It is used to take input from the user. It evaluates , whatever expression given by the user. After retrieving input parser parses the source code. In simple words we can say input() takes inputed expression from the user. Here is an example of code.


input('String to display/ statement')


python input
fig 1: python input


python input
fig 2 :python input


raw_input() function is used to take input from the user. It takes the input from the standard input in the form of a string and reads the data from a line at once. raw_input function returns a string. Hence in case an expression is to be evaluated, then it has to be typecast to its following data type.




python input
fig 3: python input


python input
fig 4: python input

As you can see above raw_input() takes data as a string , so it concatenate string rather than adding integers. In case of using input data as other data type we need to type casting into that data-type. Suppose here we need integer type of data, so it should be:

x =int( raw_input("Enter number one"))
y = int(raw_input("Enter number two"))

It will produce result as fig 2 :python input.

Difference between input() and raw_input()

In python version 2.x , the main difference between  input() and raw_input() is that,  input() first takes the raw_input and then convert it into an expression using eval().

In other hand, raw_input() takes  exactly what user typed and then pass it back to string. There is need to type casting (if other type of data needed).

In python version 3.x there is no raw_input . Python 3.x was renamed raw_input to input() and removed the older input().

The main difference is that input() contains the syntactically correct python statements where raw_input() does not.

Python eval()

Python eval() function converts the string data into python expression. Mostly in is used with input(). It converts the user input string  into  python expression and gives result.








The print() function prints the given object to the standard output device (screen) or to the text stream file.As you can see in above figures, print() statement displays result to the screen. It can take a variable, string or other object as an argument and displays it. Print statement returns none.


  • To print single object
  • To print multiple objects
print(?arg1, arg2,..., argn)
  • for concatenate srings

String formatting using print()

Python allows us to add variables into string using string formatting. Put set of curly braces( {} ) , where you need to add variable data into string. .format() function is used for the same. We pass data as a parameters to the format method.


print("String {} {}...{}".format(var1,var2,..varn))


string formatting
string formatting


string formatting
string formatting

So it is more than enough to understand python input output and string formatting. Thanks.

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