Python String isprintable()

The Python String isprintable() method is a built-in function that returns true if all the characters in a string are printable or if the string is empty. If not, it returns False.

What are printable characters in Python?

In Python, the character that occupies printing space on the screen is known as a printable character.

Examples of Printable characters are as follows –

  • Alphabets
  • Digits
  • whitespace
  • symbols and punctuation


The Syntax of isprintable() method is:



The isprintable() method does not take any parameters.

Return Value

The isprintable() method returns

  • True if the string is empty or all the character in the string is printable
  • False if the string contains at least one non-printable character

Example 1: Working of isprintable() method

# valid text and printable
text = 'These are printable characters'

# \n is not printable
text = '\nNew Line is printable'

# \t is non printable
text = '\t tab is printable'

# empty character is printable
text = ''
print('\nEmpty string printable?', text.isprintable())


These are printable characters

New Line is printable       
         tab is printable   

Empty string printable? True

Example 2: How to use isprintable() in the actual program

In the below Program, we will iterate the given text to check and count how many non-printable characters are there. If we find any non-printable characters we will be replacing it with empty characters and finally, we will output the printable characters into ‘newtext’ variable which can print all the characters.

text = 'Welcome to ItsMyCode,\nPython\tProgramming\n'
newtext = ''

# Initialising the counter to 0
count = 0

# Iterate the text, count the non-printable characters
# replace non printable characters with empty string
for c in text:
    if (c.isprintable()) == False:
        count += 1
        newtext += ' '
        newtext += c
print("Total Non Printable characters count is:", count)


Total Non Printable characters count is: 3
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