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  • Last Updated : 22 Aug, 2022
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Python String lstrip() method returns a copy of the string with leading characters removed (based on the string argument passed). If no argument is passed, it removes leading spaces.

Python String lstrip() Method Syntax:

Syntax:  string.lstrip(characters)

Parameters: 

  • characters [optional]: A set of characters to remove as leading characters. By default, it uses space as the character to remove.

Return:  Returns a copy of the string with leading characters stripped.

Python String lstrip() Method Example:

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string = "   geeksforgeeks" 
# Removes spaces from left.
print(string.lstrip())


Output:

geeksforgeeks

Example 1: Program to demonstrate the use of lstrip() method using multiple characters

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# string which is to be stripped
string = "++++x...y!!z* geeksforgeeks"
 
# Removes given set of characters from left.
print(string.lstrip("+.!*xyz"))


Output: 

geeksforgeeks

Example 2:

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# string which is to be stripped
string = "geeks for geeks"
 
# Argument doesn't contain leading 'g'
# So, no characters are removed
print(string.lstrip('ge'))


Output: 

ks for geeks

Exception while using Python String lstrip() Method

There is an AttributeError when we try to use lstrip() method on any other data-type other than Python String.

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nums = [1, 2, 3]
# prints the error message
print(nums.lstrip())


Output: 

print(list.lstrip()) 
AttributeError: 'list' object has no attribute 'lstrip'

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