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Python String rfind() Method

  • Last Updated : 19 Aug, 2021

Python String rfind() method returns the highest index of the substring if found in the given string. If not found then it returns -1.

Syntax: 

str.rfind(sub, start, end)

Parameters: 

  • sub: It’s the substring that needs to be searched in the given string. 
  • start: Starting position where the sub needs to be checked within the string. 
  • end: Ending position where suffix needs to be checked within the string. 

Note: If start and end indexes are not provided then, by default it takes 0 and length-1 as starting and ending indexes where ending indexes are not included in our search.

Return: 

Returns the highest index of the substring if it is found in the given string; if not found, then it returns -1.

Exception: 

ValueError: This error is raised in the case when the argument string is not found in the target string.

Example 1

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# Python program to demonstrate working of rfind()
# in whole string
word = 'geeks for geeks'
  
# Returns highest index of the substring
result = word.rfind('geeks')
print ("Substring 'geeks' found at index :", result )
  
result = word.rfind('for')
print ("Substring 'for' found at index :", result )
  
word = 'CatBatSatMatGate'
  
# Returns highest index of the substring
result = word.rfind('ate')
print("Substring 'ate' found at index :", result)


Output: 

Substring 'geeks' found at index : 10
Substring 'for' found at index : 6
Substring 'ate' found at index : 13

Example 2

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# Python program to demonstrate working of rfind()
# in a sub-string
word = 'geeks for geeks'
  
# Substring is searched in 'eeks for geeks'
print(word.rfind('ge', 2))
  
# Substring is searched in 'eeks for geeks' 
print(word.rfind('geeks', 2))
  
# Substring is searched in 'eeks for geeks' 
print(word.rfind('geeks ', 2))
  
# Substring is searched in 's for g'
print(word.rfind('for ', 4, 11))


Output: 

10
10
-1
6

Example 3: Practical Application

Useful in string checking. To check if the given substring is present in some string or not. 

Python3




# Python program to demonstrate working of rfind()
# to search a string
word = 'CatBatSatMatGate'
  
if (word.rfind('Ate') != -1):
    print ("Contains given substring ")
else:
    print ("Doesn't contains given substring")


Output: 

Doesn't contains given substring


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