Python provides the in-place exponentiation operator `x **= y`

that raises `x`

to the power of `y`

using `x ** y`

and assigns the result to the first operands variable name `x`

. You can set up the in-place exponentiation behavior for your own class by overriding the magic “dunder” method `__ipow__(self, other)`

in your class definition.

>>> x = 2 >>> x **= 3 >>> x 8

The expression `x **= y`

is syntactical sugar for the longer-form `x = x ** y`

:

>>> x = 2 >>> x = x ** 3 >>> x 8

Let’s explore some examples on different data types of the operands.

## Integer Example

The `**=`

operator on integer operands raises the first to the power of the second operand and stores it in the left-hand operands’ variable.

>>> x = 8 >>> x **= 2 >>> x 64

## Float Example

If at least one of the operands is a float value, the result is also a float—float is infectious!

>>> x = 8 >>> x **= 2.0 >>> x 64.0

## Incompatible Data Type

What if two operands have an incompatible data type—unlike floats and integers? For example, if you try to potentiate an integer and a list variable?

>>> x = 4 >>> x **= [1, 2] Traceback (most recent call last): File "<pyshell#5>", line 1, in <module> x **= [1, 2] TypeError: unsupported operand type(s) for ** or pow(): 'int' and 'list'

The result of incompatible addition is a `TypeError`

. You can fix it by using only compatible data types for the in-place exponentiation operation.

Can you use the exponent operator on custom objects? Yes!

## Python In-Place Exponentiation Magic Method

To use the in-place exponentiation operator `**=`

on custom objects, define the `__ipow__()`

method (*“dunder method”, “magic method”*) that takes two arguments `self`

and `other`

, updates the first argument `self`

with the result of the addition, and returns the updated object.

In the following code, you calculate the power of two `Data`

objects by combining their contents:

class Data: def __init__(self, data): self.data = data def __ipow__(self, other): self.data **= other.data return self x = Data(2) y = Data(3) x **= y print(x.data) # 8

You can see that the content of the first operand is updated as a result of the in-place exponentiation operation.

## Python In-Place Operators

In-place assignment operators (also called *compound* assignment operators) perform an operation in-place on a variable provided as first operand. They overwrite the value of the first operand variable with the result of the operation when performing the operator without assignment. For example, `x += 3`

is the same as `x = x + 3`

of first calculating the result of `x +3`

and then assigning it to the variable x.

Operator | Name | Short Example | Equivalent Long Example |
---|---|---|---|

`=` | In-place Assignment | `x = 3` | |

`+=` | In-place Addition | `x += 3` | `x = x + 3` |

`-=` | In-place Subtraction | `x -= 3` | `x = x - 3` |

`*=` | In-place Multiplication | `x *= 3` | `x = x * 3` |

`/=` | In-place Division | `x /= 3` | `x = x / 3` |

`%=` | In-place Modulo | `x %= 3` | `x = x % 3` |

`//=` | In-place Integer Division | `x //= 3` | `x = x // 3` |

`**=` | In-place Power | `x **= 3` | `x = x ** 3` |

`&=` | In-place Bitwise And | `x &= 3` | `x = x & 3` |

`|=` | In-place Bitwise Or | `x |= 3` | `x = x | 3` |

`^=` | In-place Bitwise XOR | `x ^= 3` | `x = x ^ 3` |

`>>=` | In-place Bitwise Shift Right | `x >>= 3` | `x = x >> 3` |

<<= | In-place Bitwise Shift Left | `x <<= 5` | `x = x << 5` |