Fix Python – How to convert defaultdict to dict?


Asked By – user2988464

How can I convert a defaultdict

defaultdict(<class 'list'>, {'2': ['a'], '3': ['b'], '1': ['b', 'a']})

to be a common dict?

{'2': ['a'], '3': ['b'], '1': ['b', 'a']}

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You can simply call dict:

>>> a
defaultdict(<type 'list'>, {'1': ['b', 'a'], '3': ['b'], '2': ['a']})
>>> dict(a)
{'1': ['b', 'a'], '3': ['b'], '2': ['a']}

but remember that a defaultdict is a dict:

>>> isinstance(a, dict)

just with slightly different behaviour, in that when you try access a key which is missing — which would ordinarily raise a KeyError — the default_factory is called instead:

>>> a.default_factory
<type 'list'>

That’s what you see when you print a before the data side of the dictionary appears.

So another trick to get more dictlike behaviour back without actually making a new object is to reset default_factory:

>>> a.default_factory = None
>>> a[4].append(10)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<ipython-input-6-0721ca19bee1>", line 1, in <module>
KeyError: 4

but most of the time this isn’t worth the trouble.

This question is answered By – DSM

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