Python File Read() Method



Python file method read() reads at most size bytes from the file. If the read hits EOF before obtaining size bytes, then it reads only available bytes.


Following is the syntax for read() method -

fileObject.read( size );


  • size - This is the number of bytes to be read from the file.

Return Value

This method returns the bytes read in string.


The following example shows the usage of read() method.

This is 1st line
This is 1nd line
This is 2rd line
This is 3th line
This is 4th line
This is 5th line


# Open a file
fo = open("foo.txt", "rw+")
print "Name of the file: ", fo.name

# Assuming file has following 5 lines
# This is 1st line
# This is 2nd line
# This is 3rd line
# This is 4th line
# This is 5th line

line = fo.read(10)
print "Read Line: %s" % (line)

# Close opend file

When we run the above program, it produces the following result:

Name of the file:  foo.txt
Read Line: Python is  

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