Python – How to trim whitespace


Is there a Python function that will trim whitespace (spaces and tabs) from a string?

Example: \t example string\texample string

Best Solution

For whitespace on both sides use str.strip:

s = "  \t a string example\t  "
s = s.strip()

For whitespace on the right side use rstrip:

s = s.rstrip()

For whitespace on the left side lstrip:

s = s.lstrip()

As thedz points out, you can provide an argument to strip arbitrary characters to any of these functions like this:

s = s.strip(' \t\n\r')

This will strip any space, \t, \n, or \r characters from the left-hand side, right-hand side, or both sides of the string.

The examples above only remove strings from the left-hand and right-hand sides of strings. If you want to also remove characters from the middle of a string, try re.sub:

import re
print(re.sub('[\s+]', '', s))

That should print out: