How do I create multiline comments in Python?


How do I make multi-line comments? Most languages have block comment symbols like:


Asked By: Dungeon Hunter



I think it doesn’t, except that a multiline string isn’t processed. However, most, if not all Python IDEs have a shortkey for ‘commenting out’ multiple lines of code.

Answered By: Anti Earth

Python does have a multiline string/comment syntax in the sense that unless used as docstrings, multiline strings generate no bytecode — just like #-prepended comments. In effect, it acts exactly like a comment.

On the other hand, if you say this behavior must be documented in the official documentation to be a true comment syntax, then yes, you would be right to say it is not guaranteed as part of the language specification.

In any case, your text editor should also be able to easily comment-out a selected region (by placing a # in front of each line individually). If not, switch to a text editor that does.

Programming in Python without certain text editing features can be a painful experience. Finding the right editor (and knowing how to use it) can make a big difference in how the Python programming experience is perceived.

Not only should the text editor be able to comment-out selected regions, it should also be able to shift blocks of code to the left and right easily, and it should automatically place the cursor at the current indentation level when you press Enter. Code folding can also be useful.

To protect against link decay, here is the content of Guido van Rossum’s tweet:

@BSUCSClub Python tip: You can use multi-line strings as multi-line comments. Unless used as docstrings, they generate no code! 🙂

Answered By: unutbu

AFAIK, Python doesn’t have block comments. For commenting individual lines, you can use the # character.

If you are using Notepad++, there is a shortcut for block commenting. I’m sure others like gVim and Emacs have similar features.

Answered By: Sanjay T. Sharma

You can use triple-quoted strings. When they’re not a docstring (the first thing in a class/function/module), they are ignored.

This is a multiline

(Make sure to indent the leading ''' appropriately to avoid an IndentationError.)

Guido van Rossum (creator of Python) tweeted this as a "pro tip".

However, Python’s style guide, PEP8, favors using consecutive single-line comments, like this:

# This is a multiline
# comment.

…and this is also what you’ll find in many projects. Text editors usually have a shortcut to do this easily.

Answered By: Petr Viktorin

In Python 2.7 the multiline comment is:

This is a
multilline comment

In case you are inside a class you should tab it properly.

For example:

class weather2():
   def getStatus_code(self, url):
       world.url = url
       result = requests.get(url)
       return result.status_code
Answered By: SomeAnonymousPerson

From the accepted answer…

You can use triple-quoted strings. When they’re not a docstring (first thing in a class/function/module), they are ignored.

This is simply not true. Unlike comments, triple-quoted strings are still parsed and must be syntactically valid, regardless of where they appear in the source code.

If you try to run this code…

def parse_token(token):
    This function parses a token.
    TODO: write a decent docstring :-)

    if token == '\and':

    elif token == '\or':

    elif token == '\xor':
        Note that we still need to provide support for the deprecated
        token xor. Hopefully we can drop support in libfoo 2.0.

        raise ValueError

You’ll get either…

ValueError: invalid x escape

…on Python 2.x or…

SyntaxError: (unicode error) 'unicodeescape' codec can't decode bytes in position 79-80: truncated xXX escape

…on Python 3.x.

The only way to do multi-line comments which are ignored by the parser is…

elif token == '\xor':
    # Note that we still need to provide support for the deprecated
    # token xor. Hopefully we can drop support in libfoo 2.0.
Answered By: Aya

On Python 2.7.13:


"A sample single line comment "


A sample
multiline comment
on PyCharm
Answered By: Alvin George

Well, you can try this (when running the quoted, the input to the first question should quoted with '):

print("What's your name? ")
myName = input()
print("It's nice to meet you " + myName)
print("Number of characters is ")
age = input("What's your age? ")
print("You will be " + str(int(age)+1) + " next year.")

a = input()

Whatever enclosed between """ will be commented.

If you are looking for single-line comments then it’s #.

Answered By: K_holla

If you put a comment in

long comment here

in the middle of a script, Python/linters won’t recognize that. Folding will be messed up, as the above comment is not part of the standard recommendations. It’s better to use

# Long comment
# here.

If you use Vim, you can plugins like commentary.vim, to automatically comment out long lines of comments by pressing Vjgcc. Where Vj selects two lines of code, and gcc comments them out.

If you don’t want to use plugins like the above you can use search and replace like

:.,.+1s/^/# /g

This will replace the first character on the current and next line with #.

Answered By: alpha_989

Unfortunately stringification can not always be used as commenting out! So it is safer to stick to the standard prepending each line with a #.

Here is an example:

test1 = [1, 2, 3, 4,]       # test1 contains 4 integers

test2 = [1, 2, '''3, 4,'''] # test2 contains 2 integers **and the string** '3, 4,'
Answered By: d.nedelchev

Multiline comment in Python:

For me, both ”’ and “”” worked.


a = 10
b = 20
c = a+b
print ('hello')
print ('Addition is: ', a+b)


a = 10
b = 20
c = a+b
print('Addition is: ', a+b)
Answered By: Viraj Wadate

There is no such feature as a multi-line comment. # is the only way to comment a single line of code.
Many of you answered ”’ a comment ”’ this as their solution.

It seems to work, but internally ''' in Python takes the lines enclosed as a regular strings which the interpreter does not ignores like comment using #.

Check the official documentation here

Answered By: RATAN KUMAR

A multiline comment doesn’t actually exist in Python. The below example consists of an unassigned string, which is validated by Python for syntactical errors.

A few text editors, like Notepad++, provide us shortcuts to comment out a written piece of code or words.

def foo():
    "This is a doc string."
    # A single line comment
       is a multiline
    print "This is a sample foo function"
    print "This function has no arguments"
    return True

Also, Ctrl + K is a shortcut in Notepad++ to block comment. It adds a # in front of every line under the selection. Ctrl + Shift + K is for block uncomment.

Answered By: YouKnowWhoIAm

The inline comments in Python starts with a hash character.

hello = "Hello!" # This is an inline comment


Note that a hash character within a string literal is just a hash character.

dial = "Dial #100 to make an emergency call."

Dial #100 to make an emergency call.

A hash character can also be used for single or multiple lines comments.

hello = "Hello"
world = "World"
# First print hello
# And print world



Enclose the text with triple double quotes to support docstring.

def say_hello(name):
    This is docstring comment and
    it's support multi line.
    :param name it's your name
    :type name str
    return "Hello " + name + '!'


Hello John!

Enclose the text with triple single quotes for block comments.

I don't care the parameters and
docstrings here.
Answered By: Madan Sapkota

Select the lines that you want to comment and then use Ctrl + ? to comment or uncomment the Python code in the Sublime Text editor.

For single line you can use Shift + #.

Answered By: Tarjeet Singh

Using PyCharm IDE.

You can comment and uncomment lines of code using Ctrl+/.
comments or uncomments the current line or several selected lines with single line comments ({# in Django templates, or # in Python scripts).
Pressing Ctrl+Shift+/ for a selected block of source code in a Django template surrounds the block with {% comment %} and {% endcomment %} tags.

n = 5
while n > 0:
    n -= 1
    if n == 2:

print("Loop ended.")

Select all lines then press Ctrl + /

# n = 5
# while n > 0:
#     n -= 1
#     if n == 2:
#         break
#     print(n)

# print("Loop ended.")
Answered By: 0m3r

Yes, it is fine to use both:




But, the only thing you all need to remember while running in an IDE, is you have to ‘RUN’ the entire file to be accepted as multiple lines codes. Line by line ‘RUN’ won’t work properly and will show an error.

Answered By: Rajkamal Mishra

For commenting out multiple lines of code in Python is to simply use a # single-line comment on every line:

# This is comment 1
# This is comment 2 
# This is comment 3

For writing “proper” multi-line comments in Python is to use multi-line strings with the """ syntax
Python has the documentation strings (or docstrings) feature. It gives programmers an easy way of adding quick notes with every Python module, function, class, and method.

This is

Also, mention that you can access docstring by a class object like this

Answered By: shafik

Visual Studio Code universal official multi-line comment toggle. Similar to Xcode shortcut.

macOS: Select code-block and then +/

Windows: Select code-block and then Ctrl+/

Answered By: Edison

I would advise against using """ for multi line comments!

Here is a simple example to highlight what might be considered an unexpected behavior:

    'I am a string',
    Some people consider me a
    multi-line comment, but
    'clearly I am also a string'

Now have a look at the output:

I am a string

    Some people consider me a
    multi-line comment, but
    clearly I am also a string

The multi line string was not treated as comment, but it was concatenated with 'clearly I'm also a string' to form a single string.

If you want to comment multiple lines do so according to PEP 8 guidelines:

    'I am a string',
    # Some people consider me a
    # multi-line comment, but
    'clearly I am also a string'


I am a string
clearly I am also a string
Answered By: jojo

Among other answers, I find the easiest way is to use the IDE comment functions which use the Python comment support of #.

I am using Anaconda Spyder and it has:

  • Ctrl + 1 – Comment/uncomment
  • Ctrl + 4 – Comment a block of code
  • Ctrl + 5 – Uncomment a block of code

It would comment/uncomment a single/multi line/s of code with #.

I find it the easiest.

For example, a block comment:

# =============================================================================
#     Sample Commented code in spyder
#  Hello, World!
# =============================================================================
Answered By: aniltilanthe

You can use the following. This is called DockString.

def my_function(arg1):
    Summary line.
    Extended description of function.
    arg1 (int): Description of arg1
    int: Description of return value
    return arg1

print my_function.__doc__
Answered By: unknown

If you write a comment in a line with a code, you must write a comment, leaving 2 spaces before the # sign and 1 space before the # sign

print("Hello World")  # printing

If you write a comment on a new line, you must write a comment, leaving 1 space kn in the # sign

# single line comment

To write comments longer than 1 line, you use 3 quotes

This is a comment
written in
more than just one line
Answered By: Nematillo Ochilov

Yes, you can simply use




BONUS: It’s a little bit harder, but it’s safer to use in older versions, print functions or GUIs:

# This is also
# a multiline comment.

For this one, you can select the text you want to comment and press Ctrl / (or /), in PyCharm and VS Code.

But you can edit them. For example, you can change the shortcut from Ctrl /
to Ctrl Shift C.


  1. Be careful, don’t overwrite other shortcuts!
  2. Comments have to be correctly indented!

Hope this answer helped. Good luck next time when you’ll write other answers!

Answered By: me1234

in windows: you can also select the text or code chunks and press ctr + / and do the same if you want to remove the comments.
in mac: it should be comment + /

Answered By: Seyma Kalay

This can be done in Vim text editor.

Go to the beginning of the first line in the comment area.

Press Ctrl+V to enter the visual mode.

Use arrow keys to select all the lines to be commented.

Press Shift+I.

Press # (or Shift+3).

Press Esc.

Answered By: Liker777

I read about all of the drawbacks of the various ways of doing this, and I came up with this way, in an attempt to check all the boxes:

block_comment_style = '#[]#'
class ExampleEventSource():
    def __init__(self):
        # create the event object inside raising class
        self.on_thing_happening = Event()

    def doing_something(self):
        # raise the event inside the raising class
class ExampleEventHandlingClass():
    def __init__(self):
        self.event_generating_thing = ExampleEventSource()
        # add event handler in consuming class
        event_generating_thing.on_thing_happening += my_event_handler
    def my_event_handler(self):
        print('handle the event')

class Event():
    def __init__(self):
        self.__eventhandlers = []
    def __iadd__(self, handler):
        return self
    def __isub__(self, handler):
        return self
    def __call__(self, *args, **keywargs):
        for eventhandler in self.__eventhandlers:
            eventhandler(*args, **keywargs)


  1. It is obvious to any other programmer this is a comment. It’s self-descriptive.
  2. It compiles
  3. It doesn’t show up as a doc comment in help()
  4. It can be at the top of the module if desired
  5. It can be automated with a macro.
  6. [The comment] is not part of the code. It doesn’t end up in the pyc. (Except the one line of code that enables pros #1 and #4)
  7. If multi-line comment syntax was ever added to Python, the code files could be fixed with find and replace. Simply using ''' doesn’t have this advantage.


  1. It’s hard to remember. It’s a lot of typing. This con can be eliminated with a macro.
  2. It might confuse newbies into thinking this is the only way to do block comments. That can be a pro, just depends on your perspective. It might make newbies think the line of code is magically connected to the comment "working".
  3. It doesn’t colorize as a comment. But then again, none of the answers that actually address the spirit of the OP’s question would.
  4. It’s not the official way, so Pylint might complain about it. I don’t know. Maybe; maybe not.

Here’s an attempt at the VS Code macro, although I haven’t tested it yet:

    "key": "ctrl+shift+/",
    "command": "editor.action.insertSnippet",
    "when": "editorHasSelection"
    "args": {
        "snippet": "block_comment_style = '#[]#'n'''#[{TM_SELECTED_TEXT}]#'''"
Answered By: toddmo
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