I was writing custom template tags for one of my Django package. I came across a situation where I had lists in string format. I need to convert them into lists.
temp_str = '[345, 3, 456, 45]' required_obj = [345, 3, 456, 45]
There are two methods to get this job done.
This can be used to evaluate strings containing Python values from untrusted sources without parsing values. import ast ast.literal_eval(temp_str)
This is used to deserialize a string to python object using a conversion table.
import json json.loads(temp_str) These two functions come in handy whenever you want to convert a list of python objects to their correct types. For example, if you have list of python objects like this obj_list = ['hello', '3', '3.64', '-1']
You can convert them to their corresponding types using these functions.
def converter(l): for i in l: try: yield json.loads(i) except ValueError: yield i def converter(l): for i in l: try: yield ast.literal_eval(i) except ValueError: yield i
They yield a objects of corresponding types new_obj_list = ['hello', 3, 3.64, -1]