What’s the difference between %s and %d in string formatting?

They are used for formatting strings. %s acts a placeholder for a string while %d acts as a placeholder for a number. Their associated values are passed in via a tuple using the % operator.

number = 42
print '%s %d' % (name, number)

will print marcog 42. Note that name is a string (%s) and number is an integer (%d for decimal).

See https://docs.python.org/3/library/stdtypes.html#printf-style-string-formatting for details.

In Python 3 the example would be:

print('%s %d' % (name, number))

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