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4. More Control Flow Tools¶

Besides the while statement just introduced, Python uses the usual flow control statements known from other languages, with some twists.

4.1. if Statements¶

Perhaps the most well-known statement type is the if statement. For example:

There can be zero or more elif parts, and the else part is optional. The keyword ‘ elif ’ is short for ‘else if’, and is useful to avoid excessive indentation. An if … elif … elif … sequence is a substitute for the switch or case statements found in other languages.

If you’re comparing the same value to several constants, or checking for specific types or attributes, you may also find the match statement useful. For more details see match Statements .

4.2. for Statements¶

The for statement in Python differs a bit from what you may be used to in C or Pascal. Rather than always iterating over an arithmetic progression of numbers (like in Pascal), or giving the user the ability to define both the iteration step and halting condition (as C), Python’s for statement iterates over the items of any sequence (a list or a string), in the order that they appear in the sequence. For example (no pun intended):

Code that modifies a collection while iterating over that same collection can be tricky to get right. Instead, it is usually more straight-forward to loop over a copy of the collection or to create a new collection:

4.3. The range() Function¶

If you do need to iterate over a sequence of numbers, the built-in function range() comes in handy. It generates arithmetic progressions:

The given end point is never part of the generated sequence; range(10) generates 10 values, the legal indices for items of a sequence of length 10. It is possible to let the range start at another number, or to specify a different increment (even negative; sometimes this is called the ‘step’):

To iterate over the indices of a sequence, you can combine range() and len() as follows:

In most such cases, however, it is convenient to use the enumerate() function, see Looping Techniques .

A strange thing happens if you just print a range:

In many ways the object returned by range() behaves as if it is a list, but in fact it isn’t. It is an object which returns the successive items of the desired sequence when you iterate over it, but it doesn’t really make the list, thus saving space.

We say such an object is iterable , that is, suitable as a target for functions and constructs that expect something from which they can obtain successive items until the supply is exhausted. We have seen that the for statement is such a construct, while an example of a function that takes an iterable is sum() :

Later we will see more functions that return iterables and take iterables as arguments. In chapter Data Structures , we will discuss in more detail about list() .

4.4. break and continue Statements, and else Clauses on Loops¶

The break statement, like in C, breaks out of the innermost enclosing for or while loop.

Loop statements may have an else clause; it is executed when the loop terminates through exhaustion of the iterable (with for ) or when the condition becomes false (with while ), but not when the loop is terminated by a break statement. This is exemplified by the following loop, which searches for prime numbers:

(Yes, this is the correct code. Look closely: the else clause belongs to the for loop, not the if statement.)

When used with a loop, the else clause has more in common with the else clause of a try statement than it does with that of if statements: a try statement’s else clause runs when no exception occurs, and a loop’s else clause runs when no break occurs. For more on the try statement and exceptions, see Handling Exceptions .

The continue statement, also borrowed from C, continues with the next iteration of the loop:

4.5. pass Statements¶

The pass statement does nothing. It can be used when a statement is required syntactically but the program requires no action. For example:

This is commonly used for creating minimal classes:

Another place pass can be used is as a place-holder for a function or conditional body when you are working on new code, allowing you to keep thinking at a more abstract level. The pass is silently ignored:

4.6. match Statements¶

A match statement takes an expression and compares its value to successive patterns given as one or more case blocks. This is superficially similar to a switch statement in C, Java or JavaScript (and many other languages), but it’s more similar to pattern matching in languages like Rust or Haskell. Only the first pattern that matches gets executed and it can also extract components (sequence elements or object attributes) from the value into variables.

The simplest form compares a subject value against one or more literals:

Note the last block: the “variable name” _ acts as a wildcard and never fails to match. If no case matches, none of the branches is executed.

You can combine several literals in a single pattern using | (“or”):

Patterns can look like unpacking assignments, and can be used to bind variables:

Study that one carefully! The first pattern has two literals, and can be thought of as an extension of the literal pattern shown above. But the next two patterns combine a literal and a variable, and the variable binds a value from the subject ( point ). The fourth pattern captures two values, which makes it conceptually similar to the unpacking assignment (x, y) = point .

If you are using classes to structure your data you can use the class name followed by an argument list resembling a constructor, but with the ability to capture attributes into variables:

You can use positional parameters with some builtin classes that provide an ordering for their attributes (e.g. dataclasses). You can also define a specific position for attributes in patterns by setting the __match_args__ special attribute in your classes. If it’s set to (“x”, “y”), the following patterns are all equivalent (and all bind the y attribute to the var variable):

A recommended way to read patterns is to look at them as an extended form of what you would put on the left of an assignment, to understand which variables would be set to what. Only the standalone names (like var above) are assigned to by a match statement. Dotted names (like foo.bar ), attribute names (the x= and y= above) or class names (recognized by the “(…)” next to them like Point above) are never assigned to.

Patterns can be arbitrarily nested. For example, if we have a short list of points, we could match it like this:

We can add an if clause to a pattern, known as a “guard”. If the guard is false, match goes on to try the next case block. Note that value capture happens before the guard is evaluated:

Several other key features of this statement:

Like unpacking assignments, tuple and list patterns have exactly the same meaning and actually match arbitrary sequences. An important exception is that they don’t match iterators or strings.

Sequence patterns support extended unpacking: [x, y, *rest] and (x, y, *rest) work similar to unpacking assignments. The name after * may also be _ , so (x, y, *_) matches a sequence of at least two items without binding the remaining items.

Mapping patterns: <"bandwidth": b, "latency": l>captures the "bandwidth" and "latency" values from a dictionary. Unlike sequence patterns, extra keys are ignored. An unpacking like **rest is also supported. (But **_ would be redundant, so it is not allowed.)

Subpatterns may be captured using the as keyword:

will capture the second element of the input as p2 (as long as the input is a sequence of two points)

Most literals are compared by equality, however the singletons True , False and None are compared by identity.

Patterns may use named constants. These must be dotted names to prevent them from being interpreted as capture variable:

For a more detailed explanation and additional examples, you can look into PEP 636 which is written in a tutorial format.

4.7. Defining Functions¶

We can create a function that writes the Fibonacci series to an arbitrary boundary:

The keyword def introduces a function definition. It must be followed by the function name and the parenthesized list of formal parameters. The statements that form the body of the function start at the next line, and must be indented.

The first statement of the function body can optionally be a string literal; this string literal is the function’s documentation string, or docstring. (More about docstrings can be found in the section Documentation Strings .) There are tools which use docstrings to automatically produce online or printed documentation, or to let the user interactively browse through code; it’s good practice to include docstrings in code that you write, so make a habit of it.

The execution of a function introduces a new symbol table used for the local variables of the function. More precisely, all variable assignments in a function store the value in the local symbol table; whereas variable references first look in the local symbol table, then in the local symbol tables of enclosing functions, then in the global symbol table, and finally in the table of built-in names. Thus, global variables and variables of enclosing functions cannot be directly assigned a value within a function (unless, for global variables, named in a global statement, or, for variables of enclosing functions, named in a nonlocal statement), although they may be referenced.

The actual parameters (arguments) to a function call are introduced in the local symbol table of the called function when it is called; thus, arguments are passed using call by value (where the value is always an object reference, not the value of the object). 1 When a function calls another function, or calls itself recursively, a new local symbol table is created for that call.

A function definition associates the function name with the function object in the current symbol table. The interpreter recognizes the object pointed to by that name as a user-defined function. Other names can also point to that same function object and can also be used to access the function:

Coming from other languages, you might object that fib is not a function but a procedure since it doesn’t return a value. In fact, even functions without a return statement do return a value, albeit a rather boring one. This value is called None (it’s a built-in name). Writing the value None is normally suppressed by the interpreter if it would be the only value written. You can see it if you really want to using print() :

It is simple to write a function that returns a list of the numbers of the Fibonacci series, instead of printing it:

This example, as usual, demonstrates some new Python features:

The return statement returns with a value from a function. return without an expression argument returns None . Falling off the end of a function also returns None .

The statement result.append(a) calls a method of the list object result . A method is a function that ‘belongs’ to an object and is named obj.methodname , where obj is some object (this may be an expression), and methodname is the name of a method that is defined by the object’s type. Different types define different methods. Methods of different types may have the same name without causing ambiguity. (It is possible to define your own object types and methods, using classes, see Classes ) The method append() shown in the example is defined for list objects; it adds a new element at the end of the list. In this example it is equivalent to result = result + [a] , but more efficient.

4.8. More on Defining Functions¶

It is also possible to define functions with a variable number of arguments. There are three forms, which can be combined.

4.8.1. Default Argument Values¶

The most useful form is to specify a default value for one or more arguments. This creates a function that can be called with fewer arguments than it is defined to allow. For example:

This function can be called in several ways:

giving only the mandatory argument: ask_ok(‘Do you really want to quit?’)

giving one of the optional arguments: ask_ok(‘OK to overwrite the file?’, 2)

or even giving all arguments: ask_ok(‘OK to overwrite the file?’, 2, ‘Come on, only yes or no!’)

This example also introduces the in keyword. This tests whether or not a sequence contains a certain value.

The default values are evaluated at the point of function definition in the defining scope, so that

Important warning: The default value is evaluated only once. This makes a difference when the default is a mutable object such as a list, dictionary, or instances of most classes. For example, the following function accumulates the arguments passed to it on subsequent calls:

This will print

If you don’t want the default to be shared between subsequent calls, you can write the function like this instead:

4.8.2. Keyword Arguments¶

Functions can also be called using keyword arguments of the form kwarg=value . For instance, the following function:

accepts one required argument ( voltage ) and three optional arguments ( state , action , and type ). This function can be called in any of the following ways:

but all the following calls would be invalid:

In a function call, keyword arguments must follow positional arguments. All the keyword arguments passed must match one of the arguments accepted by the function (e.g. actor is not a valid argument for the parrot function), and their order is not important. This also includes non-optional arguments (e.g. parrot(voltage=1000) is valid too). No argument may receive a value more than once. Here’s an example that fails due to this restriction:

When a final formal parameter of the form **name is present, it receives a dictionary (see Mapping Types — dict ) containing all keyword arguments except for those corresponding to a formal parameter. This may be combined with a formal parameter of the form *name (described in the next subsection) which receives a tuple containing the positional arguments beyond the formal parameter list. ( *name must occur before **name .) For example, if we define a function like this:

It could be called like this:

and of course it would print:

Note that the order in which the keyword arguments are printed is guaranteed to match the order in which they were provided in the function call.

4.8.3. Special parameters¶

By default, arguments may be passed to a Python function either by position or explicitly by keyword. For readability and performance, it makes sense to restrict the way arguments can be passed so that a developer need only look at the function definition to determine if items are passed by position, by position or keyword, or by keyword.

A function definition may look like:

where / and * are optional. If used, these symbols indicate the kind of parameter by how the arguments may be passed to the function: positional-only, positional-or-keyword, and keyword-only. Keyword parameters are also referred to as named parameters. Positional-or-Keyword Arguments¶

If / and * are not present in the function definition, arguments may be passed to a function by position or by keyword. Positional-Only Parameters¶

Looking at this in a bit more detail, it is possible to mark certain parameters as positional-only. If positional-only, the parameters’ order matters, and the parameters cannot be passed by keyword. Positional-only parameters are placed before a / (forward-slash). The / is used to logically separate the positional-only parameters from the rest of the parameters. If there is no / in the function definition, there are no positional-only parameters.

Parameters following the / may be positional-or-keyword or keyword-only. Keyword-Only Arguments¶

To mark parameters as keyword-only, indicating the parameters must be passed by keyword argument, place an * in the arguments list just before the first keyword-only parameter. Function Examples¶

Consider the following example function definitions paying close attention to the markers / and * :

The first function definition, standard_arg , the most familiar form, places no restrictions on the calling convention and arguments may be passed by position or keyword:

The second function pos_only_arg is restricted to only use positional parameters as there is a / in the function definition:

The third function kwd_only_args only allows keyword arguments as indicated by a * in the function definition:

And the last uses all three calling conventions in the same function definition:

Finally, consider this function definition which has a potential collision between the positional argument name and **kwds which has name as a key:

There is no possible call that will make it return True as the keyword ‘name’ will always bind to the first parameter. For example:

But using / (positional only arguments), it is possible since it allows name as a positional argument and ‘name’ as a key in the keyword arguments:

In other words, the names of positional-only parameters can be used in **kwds without ambiguity. Recap¶

The use case will determine which parameters to use in the function definition:

Use positional-only if you want the name of the parameters to not be available to the user. This is useful when parameter names have no real meaning, if you want to enforce the order of the arguments when the function is called or if you need to take some positional parameters and arbitrary keywords.

Use keyword-only when names have meaning and the function definition is more understandable by being explicit with names or you want to prevent users relying on the position of the argument being passed.

For an API, use positional-only to prevent breaking API changes if the parameter’s name is modified in the future.

4.8.4. Arbitrary Argument Lists¶

Finally, the least frequently used option is to specify that a function can be called with an arbitrary number of arguments. These arguments will be wrapped up in a tuple (see Tuples and Sequences ). Before the variable number of arguments, zero or more normal arguments may occur.

Normally, these variadic arguments will be last in the list of formal parameters, because they scoop up all remaining input arguments that are passed to the function. Any formal parameters which occur after the *args parameter are ‘keyword-only’ arguments, meaning that they can only be used as keywords rather than positional arguments.

4.8.5. Unpacking Argument Lists¶

The reverse situation occurs when the arguments are already in a list or tuple but need to be unpacked for a function call requiring separate positional arguments. For instance, the built-in range() function expects separate start and stop arguments. If they are not available separately, write the function call with the * -operator to unpack the arguments out of a list or tuple:

In the same fashion, dictionaries can deliver keyword arguments with the ** -operator:

4.8.6. Lambda Expressions¶

Small anonymous functions can be created with the lambda keyword. This function returns the sum of its two arguments: lambda a, b: a+b . Lambda functions can be used wherever function objects are required. They are syntactically restricted to a single expression. Semantically, they are just syntactic sugar for a normal function definition. Like nested function definitions, lambda functions can reference variables from the containing scope:

The above example uses a lambda expression to return a function. Another use is to pass a small function as an argument:

4.8.7. Documentation Strings¶

Here are some conventions about the content and formatting of documentation strings.

The first line should always be a short, concise summary of the object’s purpose. For brevity, it should not explicitly state the object’s name or type, since these are available by other means (except if the name happens to be a verb describing a function’s operation). This line should begin with a capital letter and end with a period.

If there are more lines in the documentation string, the second line should be blank, visually separating the summary from the rest of the description. The following lines should be one or more paragraphs describing the object’s calling conventions, its side effects, etc.

The Python parser does not strip indentation from multi-line string literals in Python, so tools that process documentation have to strip indentation if desired. This is done using the following convention. The first non-blank line after the first line of the string determines the amount of indentation for the entire documentation string. (We can’t use the first line since it is generally adjacent to the string’s opening quotes so its indentation is not apparent in the string literal.) Whitespace “equivalent” to this indentation is then stripped from the start of all lines of the string. Lines that are indented less should not occur, but if they occur all their leading whitespace should be stripped. Equivalence of whitespace should be tested after expansion of tabs (to 8 spaces, normally).

Here is an example of a multi-line docstring:

4.8.8. Function Annotations¶

Function annotations are completely optional metadata information about the types used by user-defined functions (see PEP 3107 and PEP 484 for more information).

Annotations are stored in the __annotations__ attribute of the function as a dictionary and have no effect on any other part of the function. Parameter annotations are defined by a colon after the parameter name, followed by an expression evaluating to the value of the annotation. Return annotations are defined by a literal -> , followed by an expression, between the parameter list and the colon denoting the end of the def statement. The following example has a required argument, an optional argument, and the return value annotated:

4.9. Intermezzo: Coding Style¶

Now that you are about to write longer, more complex pieces of Python, it is a good time to talk about coding style. Most languages can be written (or more concise, formatted) in different styles; some are more readable than others. Making it easy for others to read your code is always a good idea, and adopting a nice coding style helps tremendously for that.

For Python, PEP 8 has emerged as the style guide that most projects adhere to; it promotes a very readable and eye-pleasing coding style. Every Python developer should read it at some point; here are the most important points extracted for you:

Use 4-space indentation, and no tabs.

4 spaces are a good compromise between small indentation (allows greater nesting depth) and large indentation (easier to read). Tabs introduce confusion, and are best left out.

Wrap lines so that they don’t exceed 79 characters.

This helps users with small displays and makes it possible to have several code files side-by-side on larger displays.

Use blank lines to separate functions and classes, and larger blocks of code inside functions.

When possible, put comments on a line of their own.

Use spaces around operators and after commas, but not directly inside bracketing constructs: a = f(1, 2) + g(3, 4) .

Name your classes and functions consistently; the convention is to use UpperCamelCase for classes and lowercase_with_underscores for functions and methods. Always use self as the name for the first method argument (see A First Look at Classes for more on classes and methods).

Don’t use fancy encodings if your code is meant to be used in international environments. Python’s default, UTF-8, or even plain ASCII work best in any case.

Likewise, don’t use non-ASCII characters in identifiers if there is only the slightest chance people speaking a different language will read or maintain the code.

Actually, call by object reference would be a better description, since if a mutable object is passed, the caller will see any changes the callee makes to it (items inserted into a list).

How to stop a function

My problem is that if a certain condition becomes true (in the function check_winner ) and function end() executes it will go back to computer() or player() because there’s no line that tells the computer to stop executing player() or computer() . How do you stop functions in Python?

5 Answers 5

A simple return statement will ‘stop’ or return the function; in precise terms, it ‘returns’ function execution to the point at which the function was called — the function is terminated without further action.

That means you could have a number of places throughout your function where it might return. Like this:

In this example, the line do_something_else() will not be executed if do_not_continue is True . Control will return, instead, to whichever function called some_function .

This will end the function, and you can even customize the «Error» message:

Above is a pretty simple example. I made up a statement for check_winner using score = 100 to denote the game being over.

You will want to use similar method of passing score into check_winner , using game_over = check_winner(score) . Then you can create a score at the beginning of your program and pass it through to computer and player just like game_over is being handled.

Exit a Function in Python

Exit a Function in Python

Every program has some flow of execution. A flow is nothing but how the program is executed. The return statement is used to exit Python’s function, which can be used in many different cases inside the program. But the two most common ways where we use this statement are below.

  1. When we want to return a value from a function after it has exited or executed. And we will use the value later in the program.
  1. When we want to stop the execution of the function at a given moment.

Here, if the values of either a or b are 0 , it will directly return without calculating the numbers’ sum. If they are not 0 then only it will calculate and return the sum .

Now, if you implement this statement in your program, then depending upon where you have added this statement in your program, the program execution will change. Let’s see how it works.

Implicit Return Type in Python

Suppose we have a function inside which we have written using an if statement, then let’s see how the program behaves.

The solution() function takes no arguments. Inside it, we have a variable called name and then check its value matches the string john using the if statement. If it matches, we print the value of the name variable and then exit the function; otherwise, if the string doesn’t match, we will simply exit it without doing anything.

Here, you might think that since there is no return statement written in the code, there is no return statement present. Note that the return statement is not compulsory to write. Whenever you exit any Python function, it calls return with the value of None only if you have not specified the return statement. The value None means that the function has completed its execution and is returning nothing. If you have specified the return statement without any parameter, it is also the same as return None . If you don’t specify any return type inside a function, then that function will call a return statement. It is called an implicit return type in Python.

Explicit Return Type in Python

Whenever you add a return statement explicitly by yourself inside the code, the return type is called an explicit return type. There are many advantages of having an explicit return type, like you can pass a value computed by a function and store it inside a variable for later use or stop the execution of the function based on some conditions with the help of a return statement and so on. Let’s see an example of the explicit type in Python.

This is a program for finding Fibonacci numbers. Notice how the code is return with the help of an explicit return statement. Here, the main thing to note is that we will directly return some value if the number passed to this function is 2 or lesser than 2 and exit the function ignoring the code written below that. We will only execute our main code (present inside the else block) only when the value passed to this function is greater than 2 .

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exit() in Python

The built-in Python procedures exit(), quit(), sys.exit(), and os. exit() are most frequently used to end a program. This article will discuss the uses of these built-in functions along with examples.

Syntax of exit() in Python

exit() Function

We can use the in-built exit() function to quit and come out of the execution loop of the program in Python.


exit() is defined in site module and it works only if the site module is imported so it should be used in the interpreter only.

quit() Function

quit() function is another in-built function, which is used to exit a python program. When the interpreter encounters the quit() function in the system, it terminates the execution of the program completely.


It should not be used in production code and this function should only be used in the interpreter.

sys.exit() Function

sys.exit() is a built-in function in the Python sys module that allows us to end the execution of the program.


We can use the sys.exit() function whenever you want without worrying about code corruption.

os.exit() Function

The os. exit() function can terminate a process with a specific status without flushing stdio buffers or invoking cleanup handlers.


Following an os.fork() system call, this function is often utilized in a child process.

Parameters of exit() in Python

The exit() and quit() functions don't take any parameter as input.

In sys.exit() function, an integer indicating the exit or another kind of object can be used as the optional argument. The optional argument can be an integer giving the exit status (defaulting to zero), or another type of object. If it is an integer, zero is considered “successful termination” and any nonzero value is considered “abnormal termination” by shells and the like. It also accepts a text argument which is printed on the screen once the function is executed.

os.exit() function generally takes a numerical value as input that denotes the exit status. In general, os.exit(0) is used for successful termination.

Return Values of exit() in Python

exit() Function

If we use the exit() function and print it then it prints an exit message.

quit() Function

If we use the quit() function and print it then it prints a quit message

sys.exit() Function

The sys.exit() function if executed print the argument on the screen that was passed in it.

os.exit() Function

It does not return anything and exits the process with status n, without calling cleanup handlers, flushing stdio buffers, etc.

Exceptions of exit() in Python

The sys.exit() function is responsible for throwing the SystemExit exception. To avoid being unintentionally caught by code that catches the exception, it inherits from BaseException rather than the exception.

This enables the exception to ascend and results in the interpreter quitting correctly. The Python interpreter terminates if the exception is not handled, but no stack traceback is displayed.

The same optional argument supplied to sys.exit() is accepted by the function Object() < [native code] >(). If the value is None , the exit status is zero; if it is another type (such as a string), the object's value is printed; and the exit status is one. If the value is an integer, it defines the system exit status (given to C's exit() function).

The cleanup handlers (the final clauses of try statements) can be executed, and a debugger can run a script without the risk of losing control. A call to sys.exit() is converted into an exception. If an immediate exit is positively required (for instance, in the child process following a call to os.fork(), the os. exit() function can be utilised.

Example of exit() in Python

exit() Function

After writing the above code (python exit() function), once you run the code it will just give us the exit message. Here, if the value of the “number” is less than 8 8 8 then the program is forced to exit, and it will print the exit message.


quit() Function

After writing the above code (python exit() function), once you run the code it will just give us the exit message. Here, if the value of the “number” is less than 8 8 8 then the program is forced to exit, and it will print the exit message.


sys.exit() Function


os.exit() Function


What is exit() in Python?

The are various methods that help us to exit from a python script or code. These functions are helpful when we need to handle an error or exception in the python code or we need to exit from the code if some conditions are not satisfied. exit(), quit(), sys.exit(), and os. exit() are most frequently used python functions to end a program.

The quit() and exit() are used interchangeably, and they don't accept any argument as the input. We can write quit() or exit() at any line of the program, and when that line gets executed, the program terminates.

Out of these functions, the sys.exit() function is preferred mostly. We can't use the exit() and quit() in production code, and the os.exit() function is for exceptional cases only, like the fork() system calls when we need to exit immediately from the code. Also, the os.exit() functions allow us to take an argument as input that is helpful in case we want to display it at the time of output to highlight the cause of exiting from the python program.

More Examples

Exit and Come Out of the Execution Loop of the Program in Python

After writing the above code (python exit() function), Ones you will print “ i ” then the output will appear as a “ 10 20 30 “. Here, if the value of “ i ” becomes “ 4 ” then the program is forced to exit, and it will print the exit message.


Quit and Come Out of the Execution Loop of the Program in Python

After writing the above code (python exit() function), Ones you will print “ i ” then the output will appear as a “ 10 20 30 “. Here, if the value of “ i ” becomes “ 4 ” then the program is forced to exit too, and it will print the exit message.


Use of sys.exit() Function

After writing the above code (python exit() function), Ones you will print “ i ” then the output will appear as a “ 10 20 30 “. Here, if the value of “ i ” becomes “ 4 ” then the program is forced to exit, and it will print the exit message.

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