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What is the difference between ‘is’ and ‘==’ in python

iamprogrammmer profile image Programmmer ・1 min read

The ‘is’ operator compares the identity (memory location) of two objects while the ‘==’ operator compares the values of two objects.

The ‘==’ operator return True when the values of two operands are equal and false otherwise.

print(True == 1) 
# True means 1 (Python convert the boolean 'True' into integer 1) so True == 1 means 1 == 1

print('1' == 1) 
# '1' means string one and 1 means integer one, in python two different types are not comparable 

print([] == 1) 
# Empty list can't be equal to one

print(10 == 10.0) 
# Python can convert integer and float number, here Python convert them in the same type

print([1,2,3] == [1,2,3]) 
# I hope you understand it



The ‘is’ operator return True if the variables on either side of the operator point to the same object (same memory location) and false otherwise.

print(True is 1) 
print('1' is 1)
print([] is 1)
print(10 is 10.0)
print([1,2,3] is [1,2,3])
# in all examples both side of 'is' are in the difference location in memory (they are not identical) or you can say they are not same.




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What would be a proper True "is" comparation?

Awesome topic btw.


The typical usages are if you do actually want to know if something is the same instance.

foo = True
if foo is True:  # True!

Also foo is None, which you've probably seen a lot of before, and useful with some constants if you're using them mostly by name, not value, like an enum type in other languages:

class enum:
  LEFT = 'Left'
  RIGHT = 'Right'

foo = enum.LEFT

print(foo is enum.LEFT)  # True! (And doesn't do a string comparison).

Ok now is pretty clear, so at one poin if you change the value of foo to enum.RIGHT, this would be easier than checking if foo == "Right".

Thanks for the heads up!