A Tutorial on Python String replace() Method

Created on Nov 13, 2022

Replacing characters in strings using Python can be done with multiple ways. In this quick tutorial, you’ll learn how to use the replace method to manipulate strings.

You’ll learn through examples how to replace a character in a string, how to replace multiple characters in a string, and how to replace the last character in a string.

The replace(old, new, count) method takes three inputs:

How to replace a character in a string in Python

Let’s start with replacing one character in string:

s1 = 'Salam!'
s1 = s1.replace('!', '.')
# Salam.

Here, we’ve replace the exclamation mark with a dot. We start with defining the s1 string. Because everything in Python is an object, a string is obviously an object. That replace method is applied on that string object with the first argument as the exclamation mark (the character we want to replace). While the second argument is the dot (the character we want to replace with).

The new character that you want to replace the old could have multiple characters:

s1 = 'Salam!'
s1 = s1.replace('!', '...')
# Salam...

So the exclamation mark is now replaced with three dots.

With this knowledge, you can remove a character in a string by replacing it with nothing:

s1 = 'Salam!'
s1 = s1.replace('!', '')
# Salam

So nothing here is an empty string. So that exclamation mark is removed from the old string.

Replace multiple characters in string

You can also replace the old string multiple times:

s2 = '436313'
s2 = s2.replace('3', '2')
# 426212

Or you can specify how many number of occurrences of that 3 string that you want to replace:

s3 = '436313'
s3 = s3.replace('3', '2', 2)
# 426213

Replace last character in string

If you want to replace the last character in a string, you can reverse the string first:

s3 = '436313'
s3_reverse = s3[::-1]

And then replace the old character with the first occurrence in the reversed string:

s4 = s3_reverse.replace('3', '2', 1)

and then reverse back that new string result: