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# Python String | lstrip method

schedule Aug 12, 2023
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Python's `str.lstrip(~)` method returns a string with the specified leading characters removed. Default is to remove all leading spaces (i.e. spaces on the left).

# Parameters

1. `chars` | `string` | `optional`

The string specifying the combination of leading characters to remove from the left of the string. Default is whitespace.

# Return value

A string with the specified leading characters stripped.

# Examples

## Basic usage

To strip all leading whitespace from `" Dog"`:

``` x = " Dog"x.lstrip() 'Dog' ```

## Chars parameter

To remove all combinations of leading `'k S'` from `" SkyTowner"`:

``` y = " SkyTowner"y.lstrip('k S') 'yTowner' ```

We remove all combinations of `'k'`, `' '` and `'S'` from the beginning of the string which gives us return value of `'yTowner'`.

## Case sensitivity

To remove all leading `'s'` from "SkyTowner":

``` z = "SkyTowner"z.lstrip('s') 'SkyTowner' ```

Note that no leading characters are removed as there is a mismatch at the very beginning of the string where `char` argument of `'s'` does not match with `'S'`. As this shows, `lstrip(~)` method is case sensitive.

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