Python read file

You can use Python to read files. There are open() and read() functions for that. They are Python built-in, so no need to install or import of additional modules.

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We will read and display contents of documents/todo.txt file. Here is the file output:


- [ ] clean desk
- [ ] water flowers
- [ ] check github issues

Yes, it is my TODO list ๐Ÿ˜Š

# initialize variable
content = ''
# open a file in read mode
with open(r"/home/piotr/documents/todo.txt", "r") as fin:
    content =
# display file content


We have read and displayed the exact output of file todo.txt. Please note that we have used the full path to the file. It is my prefered way. However, you can also specify relative path, for example ../documents/todo.txt. Then, the working directory will be used as starting directory to find the file path. If you pass just the file name, then current working directory will be used.

The power of Python in file operations is great when you need to deal with many (>100s) files.

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