In Python, Unicode strings are represented by the
str type, which is the default string type in Python 3. If you have a Unicode string and want to convert it to a regular string, you don’t need to do anything special because it’s already in the
str format. Here’s an example:
unicode_string = "Hello, 世界!" regular_string = unicode_string print(regular_string)
In this example, the
unicode_string contains a Unicode string. However, since it is already of type
str, you can directly assign it to a variable of type
regular_string in this case) without any conversion.
If you are working with Python 2, the default string type (
str) is a byte string, and Unicode strings are represented by the
unicode type. In that case, you can convert a Unicode string to a regular string (byte string) by encoding it using a specific encoding. Here’s an example:
unicode_string = u"Hello, 世界!" regular_string = unicode_string.encode("utf-8") print(regular_string)
In this Python 2 example, the
unicode_string is a Unicode string prefixed with
u. To convert it to a regular string, we use the
encode() method and specify the desired encoding (in this case,
encode() method returns a byte string, which is a regular string in Python 2.
Note that in Python 3, the
encode() method is available for
str objects as well, but it returns a byte string, not a regular string. Therefore, the encoding step is not necessary in Python 3 if you already have a
str object representing a Unicode string.
Overall, whether you need to convert a Unicode string to a regular string depends on the Python version you are using and the specific string types involved.