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Python Program to Swap Two Variables
  • Last Updated : 07 May, 2020

Given two variables x and y, write a Python program to swap their values. Let’s see different methods in Python to do this task.

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Method 1: Using Naive approach

The most naive approach is to store the value of one variable(say x) in a temporary variable, then assigning the variable x with the value of variable y. Finally, assign the variable y with the value of the temporary variable.

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# Python program to demonstrate
# swapping of two variables
  
x = 10
y = 50
  
# Swapping of two variables
# Using third variable
temp = x
x = y
y = temp
  
print("Value of x:", x)
print("Value of y:", y)

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Output:



Value of x: 50
Value of y: 10

Method 2: Using comma operator

Using the comma operator the value of variables can be swapped without using a third variable.

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# Python program to demonstrate
# swapping of two variables
  
  
x = 10
y = 50
  
# Swapping of two variables 
# without using third variable
x, y = y, x
  
print("Value of x:", x)
print("Value of y:", y)

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Output:

Value of x: 50
Value of y: 10

Method 3: Using XOR

The bitwise XOR operator can be used to swap two variables. The XOR of two numbers x and y returns a number which has all the bits as 1 wherever bits of x and y differ. For example XOR of 10 (In Binary 1010) and 5 (In Binary 0101) is 1111 and XOR of 7 (0111) and 5 (0101) is (0010).

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# Python program to demonstrate
# Swapping of two variables
  
x = 10
y = 50
  
# Swapping using xor
x = x ^ y
y = x ^ y
x = x ^ y
  
print("Value of x:", x)
print("Value of y:", y)

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Output:

Value of x: 50
Value of y: 10

Method 4: Using arithmetic operators

The idea is to get sum in one of the two given numbers. The numbers can then be swapped using the sum and subtraction from sum.

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# Python program to demonstrate
# swapping of two variables
  
x = 10
y = 50
  
# Swapping of two variables
# using arithmetic operations
x = x + y   
y = x - y  
x = x -
  
print("Value of x:", x)
print("Value of y:", y)

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Output:

Value of x: 50
Value of y: 10

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