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Python | read method

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Python's file.read() method reads a file object's contents and returns it as a string or bytes object.

Parameters

1. size | number | optional

The number of characters (text mode) or bytes (binary mode) to read from the file. Defaults to read entire file.

Return value

String (text mode) or bytes object (binary mode) of file contents.

Examples

To create a file object f and then read it:

f = open("sample.txt", "r")
# Content of file is just the string "sample"
print(f.read())
sample
sample

Size parameter

To only read 2 characters from the file:

f = open("sample.txt", "r")
# Content of file is just the string "sample"
print(f.read(2))
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