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Python Exception handling

In this post, we will study Python Exception handling, how we can deal with exceptions in Python. we will see with examples.

Exceptions are an integral part of any programming language. As we write code in any language, there are so many chances to get exceptions or errors in that code. So every programming language takes care of the exceptions that occur in the programs, So Python also does the same so that Python code can flow uninterrupted.

Exceptions are the unwanted process or inputs which interrupt the flow of the program and halts the execution.

So, we need some mechanism or way to handle these unwanted exceptions.

Let’s see an example with Exception handling


a=int(input("please enter any integer number :"))

print("You enter :",a)


please enter any integer number : 22
You enter : 22

In above example, we asked the user to put integer number and print the same integer number. what if user does not put the integer number then what will happens, let’s see


please enter any integer number :Python

ValueError: invalid literal for int() with base 10: 'Python'

If we run same program and this time lets put value Python instead of some integer, we will get Exception ValueError, says that invalid value, because program was expecting integer value but we pass String value results it stops the next line of program to execute.

So, In Python we need Exception handling ways to handle these type of exceptions, so that we can run our program effectively. Now we will see how we will handle exceptions in Python.


Use of try except block

In Python we can handle exceptions using try except block. Suspected lines of code can be put inside try block and if any exception occur in the suspected lines of code then except block will take care of that.

Syntax of try except block


try :

///suspected lines of code



// handle the exception


In try block we put the code inside try block whose chances of exception occur is much higher and if exception occur then except block take care of it.

Let’s see same example with exception handling way.

    a=int(input("please enter any integer number :"))

    print("You enter :",a)
     print("There is something wrong. you might be enter wrong value")


please enter any integer number :Python
There is something wrong. you might be enter wrong value

Now if you put Python as input value, you will see that exception did not come, instead of exception, we get user friendly message from except block. it means in above example we handle the exception.

Types of  Errors

Error is also kind of exception. There are two types of errors

  • Syntax Error
  • Exceptions

Syntax Error occur when there is any programming syntax related issue come. See below example

a=input "please enter any integer number :")

print("You enter :",a)


a=input "please enter any integer number :")
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

In above example, there is syntax error, we forgot to put round bracket at the starting.

So these kind of error are syntax errors.


Little bit we read about exceptions in staring.

Built-in exceptions

User defined exceptions