Python – Count the number of occurrences of a character in a string

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What's the simplest way to count the number of occurrences of a character in a string?

e.g. count the number of times that 'a' appears in 'Mary had a little lamb'.

Best Solution

str.count(sub[, start[, end]])

Return the number of non-overlapping occurrences of substring sub in the range [start, end]. Optional arguments start and end are interpreted as in slice notation.

>>> sentence = 'Mary had a little lamb'
>>> sentence.count('a')
4