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Method Overriding in Python

  • Difficulty Level : Basic
  • Last Updated : 23 Jan, 2020

Prerequisite: Inheritance in Python

Method overriding is an ability of any object-oriented programming language that allows a subclass or child class to provide a specific implementation of a method that is already provided by one of its super-classes or parent classes. When a method in a subclass has the same name, same parameters or signature and same return type(or sub-type) as a method in its super-class, then the method in the subclass is said to override the method in the super-class.

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The version of a method that is executed will be determined by the object that is used to invoke it. If an object of a parent class is used to invoke the method, then the version in the parent class will be executed, but if an object of the subclass is used to invoke the method, then the version in the child class will be executed. In other words, it is the type of the object being referred to (not the type of the reference variable) that determines which version of an overridden method will be executed.

Example:






# Python program to demonstrate 
# method overriding
  
  
# Defining parent class
class Parent():
      
    # Constructor
    def __init__(self):
        self.value = "Inside Parent"
          
    # Parent's show method
    def show(self):
        print(self.value)
          
# Defining child class
class Child(Parent):
      
    # Constructor
    def __init__(self):
        self.value = "Inside Child"
          
    # Child's show method
    def show(self):
        print(self.value)
          
          
# Driver's code
obj1 = Parent()
obj2 = Child()
  
obj1.show()
obj2.show()

Output:

Inside Parent
Inside Child

Method overriding with multiple and multilevel inheritance

  1. Multiple Inheritance: When a class is derived from more than one base class it is called multiple Inheritance.

    Example: Let’s consider an example where we want to override a method of one parent class only. Below is the implementation.




    # Python program to demonstrate
    # overriding in multiple inheritance
      
      
    # Defining parent class 1
    class Parent1():
              
        # Parent's show method
        def show(self):
            print("Inside Parent1")
              
    # Defining Parent class 2
    class Parent2():
              
        # Parent's show method
        def display(self):
            print("Inside Parent2")
              
              
    # Defining child class
    class Child(Parent1, Parent2):
              
        # Child's show method
        def show(self):
            print("Inside Child")
         
            
    # Driver's code
    obj = Child()
      
    obj.show()
    obj.display()

    Output:

    Inside Child
    Inside Parent2
    
  2. Multilevel Inheritance: When we have a child and grandchild relationship.

    Example: Let’s consider an example where we want to override only one method of one of its parent classes. Below is the implementation.




    # Python program to demonstrate
    # overriding in multilevel inheritance 
      
      
    # Python program to demonstrate
    # overriding in multilevel inheritance 
      
      
    class Parent(): 
            
        # Parent's show method
        def display(self):
            print("Inside Parent")
        
        
    # Inherited or Sub class (Note Parent in bracket) 
    class Child(Parent): 
            
        # Child's show method
        def show(self):
            print("Inside Child")
        
    # Inherited or Sub class (Note Child in bracket) 
    class GrandChild(Child): 
              
        # Child's show method
        def show(self):
            print("Inside GrandChild")         
        
    # Driver code 
    g = GrandChild()   
    g.show()
    g.display()

    Output:

    Inside GrandChild
    Inside Parent
    

Calling the Parent’s method within the overridden method

Parent class methods can also be called within the overridden methods. This can generally be achieved by two ways.

  • Using Classname: Parent’s class methods can be called by using the Parent classname.method inside the overridden method.

    Example:




    # Python program to demonstrate
    # calling the parent's class method
    # inside the overridden method
      
      
    class Parent():
          
        def show(self):
            print("Inside Parent")
              
    class Child(Parent):
          
        def show(self):
              
            # Calling the parent's class
            # method
            Parent.show(self)
            print("Inside Child")
              
    # Driver's code
    obj = Child()
    obj.show()

    Output:

    Inside Parent
    Inside Child
    
  • Using Super(): Python super() function provides us the facility to refer to the parent class explicitly. It is basically useful where we have to call superclass functions. It returns the proxy object that allows us to refer parent class by ‘super’.

    Example 1:




    # Python program to demonstrate
    # calling the parent's class method
    # inside the overridden method using
    # super()
      
      
    class Parent():
          
        def show(self):
            print("Inside Parent")
              
    class Child(Parent):
          
        def show(self):
              
            # Calling the parent's class
            # method
            super().show()
            print("Inside Child")
              
    # Driver's code
    obj = Child()
    obj.show()

    Output:

    Inside Parent
    Inside Child
    

    Example 2:




    # Program to define the use of super() 
    # function in multiple inheritance 
    class GFG1: 
        def __init__(self): 
            print('HEY !!!!!! GfG I am initialised(Class GEG1)'
        
        def sub_GFG(self, b): 
            print('Printing from class GFG1:', b) 
        
    # class GFG2 inherits the GFG1 
    class GFG2(GFG1): 
        def __init__(self): 
            print('HEY !!!!!! GfG I am initialised(Class GEG2)'
            super().__init__() 
        
        def sub_GFG(self, b): 
            print('Printing from class GFG2:', b) 
            super().sub_GFG(b + 1
        
    # class GFG3 inherits the GFG1 ang GFG2 both 
    class GFG3(GFG2): 
        def __init__(self): 
            print('HEY !!!!!! GfG I am initialised(Class GEG3)'
            super().__init__() 
        
        def sub_GFG(self, b): 
            print('Printing from class GFG3:', b) 
            super().sub_GFG(b + 1
        
        
    # main function 
    if __name__ == '__main__'
        
        # created the object gfg 
        gfg = GFG3() 
        
        # calling the function sub_GFG3() from class GHG3 
        # which inherits both GFG1 and GFG2 classes 
        gfg.sub_GFG(10)

    Output:

    HEY !!!!!! GfG I am initialised(Class GEG3)
    HEY !!!!!! GfG I am initialised(Class GEG2)
    HEY !!!!!! GfG I am initialised(Class GEG1)
    Printing from class GFG3: 10
    Printing from class GFG2: 11
    Printing from class GFG1: 12
    

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