Python File tell() Method

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Description

The method tell() returns the current position of the file read/write pointer within the file.

Syntax

Following is the syntax for tell() method:

fileObject.tell()

Parameters

  • NA

Return Value

This method returns the current position of the file read/write pointer within the file.

Example

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

This is 1st line
This is 2nd line
This is 3rd line
This is 4th line
This is 5th line
#!/usr/bin/python

# 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.readline()
print "Read Line: %s" % (line)

# Get the current position of the file.
pos = fo.tell()
print "Current Position: %d" % (pos)

# Close opend file
fo.close()

Let us compile and run the above program, this will produce the following result:

Name of the file:  foo.txt
Read Line: This is 1st line

Current Position: 18



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