Fix Unexpected EOF While Parsing Error in Python

Fix Unexpected EOF While Parsing Error in Python

This article will discuss the unexpected EOF while parsing error in Python and how to fix it. This is a SyntaxError, which means that we face this error when the basic syntax of the Python language is not followed.

In this error, EOF means the end-of-file. It indicates that the interpreter has reached the end of the Python file, but some code is missing in a block. It can happen in different ways. We can miss the code after a loop, some conditional statement, or after a function definition.

We will understand this with the help of an example. See the code below.

a = [1,8,6,2]
for i in a:

Output:

SyntaxError: unexpected EOF while parsing

In the code above, the interpreter expects some code after the for loop statement. The code block is empty; thus the unexpected EOF while parsing error shows.

To fix this, simply add the missing code, whether it is a single line or multiple lines. This code will fix the error, and the program will run properly.

For example:

a = [1,8,6,2]
for i in a:
    print(i)

Output:

1
8
6
2

The error is removed by adding a single statement of the print() function. We can also use the pass keyword if we don’t wish to execute anything. This keyword specifies an empty code.

Here is an example where this error is encountered while declaring functions.

def f():

Output:

SyntaxError: unexpected EOF while parsing

To fix this, use the pass keyword. The created function will do nothing when called.

For example:

def f():
    pass
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