# How to Divide Two Integers in Python 2 and 3?

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In this article, you’ll learn about the division operators `//` and `/` in Python 2 and 3. You can check out the version in your Python script as shown here.

A short visual overview of the division operator in Python 2 and 3:

Assuming two integer values stored in variables `a` and `b`, there are four different cases depending on which Python version and division operator you use:

• Python 2: The single front-slash operator `a/b` performs integer division.
• Python 2: The double front-slash operator `a//b` performs integer division.
• Python 3: The single front-slash operator `a/b` performs float division.
• Python 3: The double front-slash operator `a//b` performs integer division.

Let’s dive deeper into these cases with some examples next!

## How to Divide Two Integers in Python 2?

For Python 2, dividing two integers uses integer division. This is also known as “floor division” because it applies the floor function after division. For example, `7/2` in Python 2.x would result in the value 3. However, using “/” is deprecated — to perform floor division, use “//” that is available in Python 2.2 and later versions.

```# Python 2.x
print(7/2)```

Output:

`3`

### Float Division in Python 2

To perform float division in Python 2, use the `from __future__ import division` statement and use the single front-slash `a/b` to perform float division as in Python 3. For example, `7/2` will now result in `3.5`.

```from __future__ import division
print(7/2)
# 3.5```

Alternatively, you can multiply with the float 1.0 to “infect” the numerator so that one of the operands of the division operator is a float value and the whole division becomes a float division as well:

```result = 1.0 * 7 / 2
print(result)
# 3.5```

Alternatively, you can use the float() built-in function on the numerator or denominator to perform float division.

```result = float(7) / 2
print(result)
# 3.5

result = 7 / float(2)
print(result)
# 3.5```

## How to Divide Two Integers in Python 3?

For Python 3, dividing two integers using normal float division. For example, `7/2` in Python 3.x would result in the floating point value `3.5`.

`print(7/2)`

Output:

`3.5`

• Integer division takes two numbers and divides them to give a result of a whole number. In Python 3, integer division (or floor division) uses the double front-slash `//` operator. In Python 2, integer division uses the single front-slash `/` operator.