How to find out if a Python object is a string?

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For Python 2.x

To check if an object obj is a string type or a subclass of a string type −

isinstance(obj, basestring)

because both str and unicode are subclasses of basestring.

To check if obj is an instance of str or any subclass of str −

isinstance(obj, str)

To check if obj is an instance of unicode string −

isinstance(obj, unicode)

For Python 3.x, just

isinstance(obj, str)

works for both str and unicode strings.

Updated on 16-Jun-2020 06:52:15