In Python and other programming languages, file paths are represented as strings. Backslashes or
\ distinguish directories in a file path.
But in Python,
\ is a unique character known as an escape character. It is used to ignore or escape single characters next to it within a string.
Using them to represent a file path in the form of a string can run into bugs.
For example, in Windows,
C:\Users\Programs\Python\main.txt is a valid path, but if this path is represented as
"C:\Users\Programs\Python\main.txt" in Python, it will result in a Unicode error.
This is because
\U in Python is an eight-character Unicode escape. This article will guide us on how to solve this problem.
Solve Unicode Error Found in a File Path in Python
We can use double backslashes or
\\ in place of single backslashes or
\ to solve this issue. Refer to the following Python code for this.
a = "C:\\Users\\Programs\\Python\\main.txt" print(a)
We can also use raw strings or prefix the file paths with an
r instead of double backslashes. Refer to the following Python code for the discussed approach.
a = r"C:\Users\Programs\Python\main.txt" print(a)