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How to use Variables in Python3?

  • Last Updated : 18 Aug, 2020

Variable is a name for a location in memory. It can be used to hold a value and reference that stored value within a computer program. the interpreter allocates memory and decides what can be stored in the reserved memory. Therefore, by assigning different data types to the variables, you can store integers, strings, decimals, complex in these variables. The assignment operator in Python 3 is a single equals sign (=). This operator assigns the value on the right-hand side to the variable on the left-hand side. 

Example 1 : Assign value in a variable:

# this is a integer type variable
number = 123456  
# this is a string type variable
sentence = "this is a string" 
# print integer
# print string
this is a string

Example 2 : Multiple Assignment : Python allows us to assign one single value to several variables at the same time

# assign single value to multiple variables
a = b = c = d = e = 123
# print a
# print b
# print c
# print d
# print e


An integer is created with the value 123, and all the five variables such as ( a b c d e ) are assigned to the same memory location.

Example 3 : Assign multiple objects to multiple variables :

# assign multiple objects to multiple variables
var1, var2, var3 = 123, 5.0, "this is string"
# print var2
# print var2
# print var3
this is string

An integer objects var1 with values 123, a decimal object var2 with value 5.0, and one string object with the value “this is string” is assigned to the variable var3.

Example 4: Global and Local Variables: A global variable is declared in the global scope or outside of any function, which means the global variable is accessible outside or inside in any function. A local variable is declared inside any function or in the scope of any function. The local variable is only accessible in the scope of it’s declared function. If we try to access a local variable outside its function so this is an error.

# global variable
g_var = "global variable"
# create a function
def fun1():
    # declare a local variable
    l_var = "local variable"
    # print global variable
    # print local variable
# call fun1
# print global variable again
global variable
local variable
global variable

here the global variable print twice because we call global variable two times once in fun1 and second time outside the function.

Example 5 : Nonlocal variables : Nonlocal keyword is use to create nonlocal variables. Nonlocal variables are used in nested functions whose local scope is not defined. This means that the variable can be neither in the local nor the global scope.

# declare fun1
def fun1():
    # create a local variable for fun1
    var = "local"
    # declare fun2
    def fun2():
        # declare nonlocal function
        nonlocal var
        # assign value in nonlocal variable
        var = "nonlocal"
        # print inner var
        print("inner:", var)
    # call fun2
    # print outer var
    print("outer:", var)
# call fun1 for executing the program
inner: nonlocal
outer: nonlocal

Note : If we change the value of a nonlocal variable, the changes appear in the local variable.

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