Fix Python – Escape special characters in a Python string


Asked By – Wolfy

Does Python have a function that I can use to escape special characters in a string?

For example, I'm "stuck" :\ should become I\'m \"stuck\" :\\.

Now we will see solution for issue: Escape special characters in a Python string


Use re.escape

>>> import re
>>> re.escape(r'\ a.*$')
'\\\\\\ a\\.\\*\\$'
>>> print(re.escape(r'\ a.*$'))
\\\ a\.\*\$
>>> re.escape('')
>>> print(re.escape(''))

Repeating it here:


Return string with all non-alphanumerics backslashed; this is useful if you want to match an arbitrary literal string that may have regular expression metacharacters in it.

As of Python 3.7 re.escape() was changed to escape only characters which are meaningful to regex operations.

This question is answered By – pyfunc

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