Python hasattr() function

hasattr() description

The Python hasattr() function returns TRUE if an object has a specific attribute name. If the attribute name is not defined, False is returned.

hasattr() function example

In this example a class Dog has two attributes: age and name. The hasattr() function is used to test for name and breed attributes. # hasattr() function example class Dog: age = 5 name = 'milo' milo = Dog() print('Dog has a name: ', hasattr(milo, 'name')) print('Dog has a breed: ', hasattr(milo, 'breed')) The code defined a name for the Dog class but not a breed. Therefore the first hasattr() call equals True, and the second hasattr() call equals False. Dog has a name: True Dog has a breed: False

hasattr() syntax

The syntax of the hasattr() function is: hasattr(object, attribute_name)

hasattr() arguments

The hasattr() function takes two arguments: The object for which the attribute is checked and the name of the attribute to be checked. Both arguments are required. If less than two arguments or more than two arguments are given, an TypeError exception is raised. TypeError: hasattr expected 2 arguments, got 1

hasattr() return value

The hasattr() function returns a boolean value: True, if the given object has the given attribute name False, if the given object has not the given attribute name
condition return value
object has attribute name True
object has not attribute name False

related function

The hasattr() function has two related functions: The dir() function can be used to print all existing attributes of an object. The delattr() function can be used to delete a specific attribute.



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