The find(query) method is built-in to standard python. Just call the method on the string object to search for a string, like so: obj.find(“search”).

The find() method searches for a query string and returns the character position if found. If the string is not found, it returns -1.

In simple English: find out if a string contains another string.

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Find method

The find method returns the index if a word is found. If not found, it returns -1. You can add a starting index and end index: find(query, start, end), but these parameters are optional.

Try the program below:

s = "That I ever did see. Dusty as the handle on the door"

index = s.find("Dusty")

Save the program as, run from terminal or IDE.
You should see this output:

string find

The in keyword

You can also use the keyword _in_. The example below shows you how to use the Python in keyword.

s = "That I ever did see. Dusty as the handle on the door"

if "Dusty" in s:
print("query found")

The difference is the in keyword returns if the string contains a word, but find returns the character position.

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Try the exercises below

  1. Find out if string find is case sensitive
  2. What if a query string appers twice in the string?
  3. Write a program that asks console input and searches for a query.

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