Read and write non-string contents to a file using Python

Write non-string datatypes to files…

We all know about the write() function used to write a string to a file. But how do we write non-string datatypes like dictionaries, hashes to a file using python ?

Python has a module named pickle, which would convert the python object hierarchy into a byte stream (the vice-versa can also be achieved).  The data type used by pickle is python-specific.

In my case, I had to write a hash to a file. Here is what I did…

  with open(“my_file.txt”, “w”) as my_file:
    pickle.dump(my_hash, my_file)
  my_file.close()

here, pickle.dump() would dump/write my hash/dictionary into the file I wanted.

We know read() function is to read the contents from a file, but it reads only the string contents. It is not going to help here.

We have pickle.load() function to read the object from the open file. Here is what I did…

  with open(“my_file.txt”, “r”) as my_file:
    my_hash = pickle.load(my_file)
  my_file.close()



Now, my_hash has the hash content read from the file. Do not forget to import pickle.

Where there is a will, there is a way🙂

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