Python file method tell() returns the current position of the file read/write pointer within the file.
Following is the syntax for tell() method −
This method returns the current position of the file read/write pointer within the file.
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()
When we run above program, it produces following result −
Name of the file: foo.txt Read Line: This is 1st line Current Position: 28