How to Print a Tuple Without Parentheses in Python?

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Problem Formulation

Given a tuple of elements. If you print the tuple to the shell using print((1, 2, 3)), the output is enclosed in parentheses like so: (1, 2, 3). But you want the list without brackets like so: 1, 2, 3.

print((1, 2, 3))
# Output: (1, 2, 3)
# Desired: 1, 2, 3

How to print the tuple without enclosing parentheses?

Method 1: Unpacking

The asterisk operator * is used to unpack an iterable into the argument list of a given function. You can unpack all tuple elements into the print() function to print each of them individually. Per default, all print arguments are separated by an empty space. For example, the expression print(*my_tuple) will print the elements in my_tuple, empty-space separated, without the enclosing parentheses!

my_tuple = (1, 2, 3)
# Output: 1 2 3

To master the basics of unpacking, feel free to check out this video on the asterisk operator:

Method 2: Unpacking with Separator

To print a comma-separated tuple without enclosing parentheses, the most Pythonic way is to unpack all tuple values into the print() function and use the sep=', ' argument to separate the tuple elements with a comma and a space. Specifically, the expression print(*my_tuple, sep=', ') will print the tuple elements without parentheses and with a comma between subsequent tuple elements.

my_tuple = (1, 2, 3)
print(*my_tuple, sep=', ')
# Output: 1, 2, 3

You can learn about the ins and outs of the built-in print() function in the following video:

Python Print Function [And Its SECRET Separator & End Arguments]

Method 3: Slicing String Representation

Slicing is a concise way to access a subsequence from an original sequence. You can use slicing on the string representation of a tuple to access all characters except the first and last ones—that are the opening and closing parenthesis characters. For example, the expression print(str((1, 2, 3))[1:-1]) prints the tuple as "1, 2, 3" without enclosing parentheses.

my_tuple = (1, 2, 3)
# Output: 1, 2, 3

Feel free to dive into slicing next to boost your coding skills:

The Ultimate Guide to Slicing in Python

Method 4: String Join With Generator Expression

You can print a tuple without parentheses by combining the string.join() method on the separator string ', ' with a generator expression to convert each tuple element to a string using the str() built-in function. Specifially, the expression print(', '.join(str(x) for x in my_tuple)) prints my_tuple to the shell without enclosing parentheses.

my_tuple = (1, 2, 3)
print(', '.join(str(x) for x in my_tuple))
# Output: 1, 2, 3

You can modify the separator string on which you join to customize the appearance of the tuple:

my_tuple = (1, 2, 3)
print('-'.join(str(x) for x in my_tuple))
# Output: 1-2-3

You can dive deeper into generators in the following video:

Understanding Generators In Python

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