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Unpacking a Tuple in Python
  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 12 Jan, 2021

Python Tuples In python tuples are used to store immutable objects. Python Tuples are very similar to lists except to some situations. Python tuples are immutable means that they can not be modified in whole program.

Packing and Unpacking a Tuple: In Python, there is a very powerful tuple assignment feature that assigns the right-hand side of values into the left-hand side. In another way, it is called unpacking of a tuple of values into a variable. In packing, we put values into a new tuple while in unpacking we extract those values into a single variable.

Example 1 

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# Program to understand about
# packing and unpacking in Python
 
# this lines PACKS values
# into variable a
a = ("MNNIT Allahabad", 5000, "Engineering"
 
# this lines UNPACKS values
# of variable a
(college, student, type_ofcollege) =
 
# print college name
print(college)
 
# print no of student
print(student)
 
# print type of college
print(type_ofcollege)
Output: 
MNNIT Allahabad
5000
Engineering

 

NOTE : In unpacking of tuple number of variables on left-hand side should be equal to number of values in given tuple a.
Python uses a special syntax to pass optional arguments (*args) for tuple unpacking. This means that there can be many number of arguments in place of (*args) in python. All values will be assigned to every variable on the left-hand side and all remaining values will be assigned to *args .For better understanding consider the following code. 



Example 2 

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# Python3 code to study about
# unpacking python tuple using *
 
# first and last will be assigned to x and z
# remaining will be assined to y
x, *y, z = (10, "Geeks ", " for ", "Geeks ", 50)
 
# print details
print(x)
print(y)
print(z)
 
# first and second will be assigned to x and y
# remaining will be assined to z
x, y, *z = (10, "Geeks ", " for ", "Geeks ", 50)
print(x)
print(y)
print(z)
Output: 
10
['Geeks ', ' for ', 'Geeks ']
50
10
Geeks 
[' for ', 'Geeks ', 50]

 

In python tuples can be unpacked using a function in function tuple is passed and in function values are unpacked into normal variable. Consider the following code for better understanding. 

Example 3 : 

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# Python3 code to study about
# unpacking python tuple using function
 
# function takes normal arguments
# and multiply them
def result(x, y):
    return x * y
# function with normal variables
print (result(10, 100))
 
# A tuple is created
z = (10, 100)
 
# Tuple is passed
# function unpacked them
 
print (result(*z))
Output: 
1000
1000

 

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