Python getattr() Function

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Python getattr() Function

The python getattr() function returns the value of a named attribute of an object. If it is not found, it returns the default value.


  • getattr(object, attribute, default)


object: An object whose named attribute value is to be returned.

attribute: Name of the attribute of which you want to get the value.

default (optional): It is the value to return if the named attribute does not found.


It returns the value of a named attribute of an object. If it is not found, it returns the default value.

Python getattr() Function Example 1

The below example shows the working of getattr().

  • class Details:
    age = 22
    name = “Phill”

    details = Details()
    print(‘The age is:’, getattr(details, “age”))
    print(‘The age is:’, details.age)


  • The age is: 22
    The age is: 22

Explanation: In the above example, we take a class named as Details that consists of some variables i.e. age, name etc. and returns the value of named attributes of an object in output.

Python getattr() Function Example 2

The below example shows the working of getattr() when named attribute is not found.

  • class Details:
    age = 22
    name = “Phill”

    details = Details()

    # when default value is provided
    print(‘The gender is:’, getattr(details, ‘gender’, ‘Male’))

    # when no default value is provided
    print(‘The gender is:’, getattr(details, ‘gender’))


  • The gender is: Male
    AttributeError: ‘Details’ object has no attribute ‘gender’

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