# convert a string to tuple

Discussion in 'Python' started by querypk@gmail.com, May 31, 2005.

1. ### Guest

how do I convert
b is a string b = '(1,2,3,4)' to b = (1,2,3,4)

, May 31, 2005

2. ### Guest

Pass it to eval:

>>> eval('(1, 2, 3, 4, 5)')

(1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Basically what you are doing it evaluating the repr of the tuple.

-Brett

, May 31, 2005

3. ### Steven BethardGuest

wrote:
> b is a string b = '(1,2,3,4)' to b = (1,2,3,4)

py> tuple(int(s) for s in '(1,2,3,4)'[1:-1].split(','))
(1, 2, 3, 4)

Or if you're feeling daring:

py> eval('(1,2,3,4)', dict(__builtins__=None))
(1, 2, 3, 4)

Python makes no guarantees about the security of this second one though.

STeVe

Steven Bethard, May 31, 2005
4. ### Marc 'BlackJack' RintschGuest

In <>, querypk wrote:

> how do I convert
> b is a string b = '(1,2,3,4)' to b = (1,2,3,4)

In [1]: b = '(1,2,3,4)'

In [2]: b[1:-1]
Out[2]: '1,2,3,4'

In [3]: b[1:-1].split(',')
Out[3]: ['1', '2', '3', '4']

In [4]: tuple(b[1:-1].split(','))
Out[4]: ('1', '2', '3', '4')

Ooops, you wanted ints in there:

In [5]: tuple(map(int, b[1:-1].split(',')))
Out[5]: (1, 2, 3, 4)

Ciao,
Marc 'BlackJack' Rintsch

Marc 'BlackJack' Rintsch, May 31, 2005
5. ### Steven BethardGuest

wrote:
> Pass it to eval:
>
>>>>eval('(1, 2, 3, 4, 5)')

> (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Just be sure you know where your strings come from. You wouldn't want
someone to pass you
"""__import__('os').system('rm -rf /')"""
and then send that to eval. =)

STeVe

Steven Bethard, May 31, 2005
6. ### Peter HansenGuest

Steven Bethard wrote:
> Just be sure you know where your strings come from. You wouldn't want
> someone to pass you
> """__import__('os').system('rm -rf /')"""
> and then send that to eval. =)

Why not, Steven? I just tried it and my compu

Peter Hansen, May 31, 2005
7. ### flamesrockGuest

lol

flamesrock, May 31, 2005
8. ### Steven D'ApranoGuest

On Tue, 31 May 2005 13:14:09 -0700, querypk wrote:

> how do I convert
> b is a string b = '(1,2,3,4)' to b = (1,2,3,4)

You can do:

def str2tuple(s):
"""Convert tuple-like strings to real tuples.
eg '(1,2,3,4)' -> (1, 2, 3, 4)
"""
if s[0] + s[-1] != "()":
raise ValueError("Badly formatted string (missing brackets).")
items = s[1:-1] # removes the leading and trailing brackets
items = items.split(',')
L = [int(x.strip()) for x in items] # clean up spaces, convert to ints
return tuple(L)

For real production code, you will probably want better error checking.

--
Steven.

Steven D'Aprano, Jun 2, 2005