Is there a "not equal" operator in Python?


How would you say "does not equal"?

if hi == hi:
    print "hi"
elif hi (does not equal) bye:
    print "no hi"

Is there something similar to == that means "not equal"?

Asked By: Aj Entity



Use !=. See comparison operators. For comparing object identities, you can use the keyword is and its negation is not.


1 == 1 #  -> True
1 != 1 #  -> False
[] is [] #-> False (distinct objects)
a = b = []; a is b # -> True (same object)
Answered By: tskuzzy

Not equal != (vs equal ==)

Are you asking about something like this?

answer = 'hi'

if answer == 'hi':     # equal
   print "hi"
elif answer != 'hi':   # not equal
   print "no hi"

This Python – Basic Operators chart might be helpful.

Answered By: Levon

There’s the != (not equal) operator that returns True when two values differ, though be careful with the types because "1" != 1. This will always return True and "1" == 1 will always return False, since the types differ. Python is dynamically, but strongly typed, and other statically typed languages would complain about comparing different types.

There’s also the else clause:

# This will always print either "hi" or "no hi" unless something unforeseen happens.
if hi == "hi":     # The variable hi is being compared to the string "hi", strings are immutable in Python, so you could use the 'is' operator.
    print "hi"     # If indeed it is the string "hi" then print "hi"
else:              # hi and "hi" are not the same
    print "no hi"

The is operator is the object identity operator used to check if two objects in fact are the same:

a = [1, 2]
b = [1, 2]
print a == b # This will print True since they have the same values
print a is b # This will print False since they are different objects.
Answered By: Samy Vilar

Seeing as everyone else has already listed most of the other ways to say not equal I will just add:

if not (1) == (1): # This will eval true then false
    # (ie: 1 == 1 is true but the opposite(not) is false)
    print "the world is ending" # This will only run on a if true
elif (1+1) != (2): #second if
    print "the world is ending"
    # This will only run if the first if is false and the second if is true
else: # this will only run if the if both if's are false
    print "you are good for another day"

in this case it is simple switching the check of positive == (true) to negative and vise versa…

Answered By: gabeio

You can use both != or <>.

However, note that != is preferred where <> is deprecated.

Answered By: Malek B.

Use != or <>. Both stands for not equal.

The comparison operators <> and != are alternate spellings of the same operator. != is the preferred spelling; <> is obsolescent. (Reference: Python language reference)

Answered By: Ehsan

There are two operators in Python for the “not equal” condition –

a.) != If values of the two operands are not equal, then the condition becomes true.
(a != b) is true.

b.) <> If values of the two operands are not equal, then the condition becomes true.
(a <> b) is true. This is similar to the != operator.

Answered By: user128364

You can use “is not” for “not equal” or “!=”. Please see the example below:

a = 2
if a == 2:

The above code will print “true” as a = 2 assigned before the “if” condition. Now please see the code below for “not equal”

a = 2
if a is not 3:
   print("not equal")

The above code will print “not equal” as a = 2 as assigned earlier.

Answered By: Amir Md Amiruzzaman

You can use the != operator to check for inequality.

Moreover in Python 2 there was <> operator which used to do the same thing, but it has been deprecated in Python 3.

Answered By: Hadi Mir

The standard operator module holds ne method which is a wrapper for != a.k.a. not equal operator.

import operator, 1)   # False, 3)   # True

This is especially useful if you need to make comparisons in a setting where a function is expected.

a = [1, 2, 3, 4]
b = [2, 2, 3, 3]
list(map(, a, b))  # [True, False, False, True]
Answered By: cottontail
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