Converting Float to Dollars and Cents


First of all, I have tried this post (among others): Currency formatting in Python. It has no affect on my variable. My best guess is that it is because I am using Python 3 and that was code for Python 2. (Unless I overlooked something, because I am new to Python).

I want to convert a float, such as 1234.5, to a String, such as “$1,234.50”. How would I go about doing this?

And just in case, here is my code which compiled, but did not affect my variable:

money = float(1234.5)
locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL, '')
locale.currency(money, grouping=True)

Also unsuccessful:

money = float(1234.5)
print(money) #output is 1234.5
print(money) #output is 1234.5
Asked By: Evorlor



In Python 3.x and 2.7, you can simply do this:

>>> '${:,.2f}'.format(1234.5)

The :, adds a comma as a thousands separator, and the .2f limits the string to two decimal places (or adds enough zeroes to get to 2 decimal places, as the case may be) at the end.

Answered By: Justin O Barber

Building on @JustinBarber’s example and noting @eric.frederich’s comment, if you want to format negative values like -$1,000.00 rather than $-1,000.00 and don’t want to use locale:

def as_currency(amount):
    if amount >= 0:
        return '${:,.2f}'.format(amount)
        return '-${:,.2f}'.format(-amount)
Answered By: Alec

In python 3, you can use:

import locale
locale.setlocale( locale.LC_ALL, 'English_United States.1252' )
locale.currency( 1234.50, grouping = True )


Answered By: Lewis

you said that:

`mony = float(1234.5)
print(money)      #output is 1234.5

did not work….
Have you coded exactly that way?
This should work (see the little difference):

money = float(1234.5)      #next you used format without printing, nor affecting value of "money"
amountAsFormattedString = '${:,.2f}'.format(money)
print( amountAsFormattedString )
Answered By: Ariel Robaldo

Personally, I like this much better (which, granted, is just a different way of writing the currently selected “best answer”):

money = float(1234.5)
print('$' + format(money, ',.2f'))

Or, if you REALLY don’t like “adding” multiple strings to combine them, you could do this instead:

money = float(1234.5)
print('${0}'.format(format(money, ',.2f')))

I just think both of these styles are a bit easier to read. 🙂

(of course, you can still incorporate an If-Else to handle negative values as Eric suggests too)

Answered By: Rich Bayless
df_buy['BUY'] = df_buy['BUY'].astype('float')
df_buy['BUY'] = ['€ {:,.2f}'.format(i) for i in list(df_buy['BUY'])]
Answered By: ko_00