How to get the ASCII value of a character


How do I get the ASCII value of a character as an int in Python?

11/7/2019 12:14:00 AM

Accepted Answer

From here:

function ord() would get the int value of the char. And in case you want to convert back after playing with the number, function chr() does the trick.

>>> ord('a')
>>> chr(97)
>>> chr(ord('a') + 3)

In Python 2, there is also the unichr function, returning the Unicode character whose ordinal is the unichr argument:

>>> unichr(97)
>>> unichr(1234)

In Python 3 you can use chr instead of unichr.

ord() - Python 3.6.5rc1 documentation

ord() - Python 2.7.14 documentation

3/26/2018 12:42:14 PM

Note that ord() doesn't give you the ASCII value per se; it gives you the numeric value of the character in whatever encoding it's in. Therefore the result of ord('ä') can be 228 if you're using Latin-1, or it can raise a TypeError if you're using UTF-8. It can even return the Unicode codepoint instead if you pass it a unicode:

>>> ord(u'あ')

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The accepted answer is correct, but there is a more clever/efficient way to do this if you need to convert a whole bunch of ASCII characters to their ASCII codes at once. Instead of doing:

for ch in mystr:
    code = ord(ch)

or the slightly faster:

for code in map(ord, mystr):

you convert to Python native types that iterate the codes directly. On Python 3, it's trivial:

for code in mystr.encode('ascii'):

and on Python 2.6/2.7, it's only slightly more involved because it doesn't have a Py3 style bytes object (bytes is an alias for str, which iterates by character), but they do have bytearray:

# If mystr is definitely str, not unicode
for code in bytearray(mystr):

# If mystr could be either str or unicode
for code in bytearray(mystr, 'ascii'):

Encoding as a type that natively iterates by ordinal means the conversion goes much faster; in local tests on both Py2.7 and Py3.5, iterating a str to get its ASCII codes using map(ord, mystr) starts off taking about twice as long for a len 10 str than using bytearray(mystr) on Py2 or mystr.encode('ascii') on Py3, and as the str gets longer, the multiplier paid for map(ord, mystr) rises to ~6.5x-7x.

The only downside is that the conversion is all at once, so your first result might take a little longer, and a truly enormous str would have a proportionately large temporary bytes/bytearray, but unless this forces you into page thrashing, this isn't likely to matter.


To get the ASCII code of a character, you can use the ord() function.

Here is an example code:

value = input("Your value here: ")
list=[ord(ch) for ch in value]


Your value here: qwerty
[113, 119, 101, 114, 116, 121]