Python Convert Array to String

1. Introduction

In Python, arrays are used to store multiple items of the same data type. There are situations, particularly in data formatting and output, where it is necessary to convert an array to a string. This conversion allows for the array's contents to be displayed or processed in a human-readable text form. This blog post will provide a method for converting an array to a string in Python.


Converting an array to a string in Python means creating a string that contains all the elements from the array concatenated together or separated by a specific delimiter. The join() method is commonly used for such a conversion, particularly when dealing with an array of strings.

2. Program Steps

1. Import the array module to work with arrays in Python.

2. Initialize an array with some elements.

3. Convert the array into a list of strings (if not already in string form).

4. Use the join() method to concatenate the list of strings into one single string.

5. Output or use the string for your desired purpose.

3. Code Program

# Step 1: Import the array module
import array

# Step 2: Initialize an array with character elements
char_array = array.array('u', ['h', 'e', 'l', 'l', 'o'])

# Step 3: Convert the array into a list of strings, if necessary
# This step can be skipped since our array is already of type 'u' for Unicode characters

# Step 4: Use the join() method to concatenate the array elements into a single string
str_from_array = ''.join(char_array)

# Step 5: Print the resulting string




1. The array module is required to create an array, and 'u' is the type code for Unicode character which is used in this example.

2. char_array is initialized with the characters that spell 'hello'.

3. Since char_array is already an array of Unicode characters, we do not need to convert it to a list of strings. The elements can directly be used with join().

4. str_from_array is created by using join() on the array without a delimiter, which concatenates all characters in the array into a single string.

5. The print function outputs str_from_array, displaying the combined string made from the array elements.