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finally keyword in Python

  • Difficulty Level : Basic
  • Last Updated : 29 Apr, 2019

Prerequisites: Exception Handling, try and except in Python

In programming, there may be some situation in which the current method ends up while handling some exceptions. But the method may require some additional steps before its termination, like closing a file or a network and so on.
So, in order to handle these situations, Python provides a keyword finally, which is always executed after try and except blocks. The finally block always executes after normal termination of try block or after try block terminates due to some exception.

Syntax:

try:
       # Some Code.... 

except:
       # optional block
       # Handling of exception (if required)

finally:
      # Some code .....(always executed)      

Important Points –

  • finally block is always executed after leaving the try statement. In case if some exception was not handled by except block, it is re-raised after execution of finally block.
  • finally block is used to deallocate the system resources.
  • One can use finally just after try without using except block, but no exception is handled in that case.

Example #1:






# Python program to demonstrate finally
  
# No exception Exception raised in try block
try:
    k = 5//0 # raises divide by zero exception.
    print(k)
  
# handles zerodivision exception    
except ZeroDivisionError:   
    print("Can't divide by zero")
      
finally:
    # this block is always executed 
    # regardless of exception generation.
    print('This is always executed'

Output:

Can't divide by zero
This is always executed

 
Example #2:




# Python program to demonstrate finally
  
try:
    k = 5//1 # No exception raised
    print(k)
  
# intends to handle zerodivision exception    
except ZeroDivisionError:   
    print("Can't divide by zero")
      
finally:
    # this block is always executed 
    # regardless of exception generation.
    print('This is always executed'

Output:

5
This is always executed

 
Example #3:




# Python program to demonstrate finally
  
# Exception is not handled
try:
    k = 5//0 # exception raised
    print(k)
      
finally:
    # this block is always executed 
    # regardless of exception generation.
    print('This is always executed'

Output:

This is always executed

Runtime Error –

Unhandled Exception 
    k=5//0 #No exception raised
ZeroDivisionError: integer division or modulo by zero

Explanation:
In above code, the exception is generated integer division or modulo by zero, which was not handled. The exception was re-raised after execution of finally block. This shows that finally block is executed regardless of exception is handled or not.

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