How to Convert a List to String

1. Convert a str List to string

We could use str.join() method to convert a list that has str data type elements to a string.

For example,

A = ["a", "b", "c"]
StrA = "".join(A)
print(StrA)
## StrA is "abc"

join method concatenates any number of strings, the string whose method is called is inserted in between each given string. As shown in the example, the string "", an empty string, is inserted between the list elements.

If you want a space is added between the elements, then you should use

StrA = " ".join(A)
## StrA is "a b c"

2. Convert a non-str list to a string

The join method requires the str data type as the given parameters. Therefore, if you try to join the int type list, you will get the TypeError

>>> a = [1,2,3]
>>> "".join(a)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<pyshell#1>", line 1, in <module>
    "".join(a)
TypeError: sequence item 0: expected str instance, int found

The int type should be converted to str type before it is joined.

list comprehension

>>> a = [1,2,3]
>>> "".join([str(_) for _ in a])
"123"

map function

>>> a = [1,2,3]
>>> "".join(map(str, a))
'123'

map function applies the str function to all the items in the list a.