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Print a table in python

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It is always a good idea to nicely format the output of your program to make it easier to understand and interpret. Following this principle, Python lists can be displayed in the form of a table.

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There are some light and useful Python packages for tabulating output lists. A few of these packages are:

1. tabulate

The tabulate package is the most widely used Python package for tabulating lists; it has many options for specifying headers and table format.

from tabulate import tabulate

l = [["Hassan", 21, "LUMS"], ["Ali", 22, "FAST"], ["Ahmed", 23, "UET"]]
table = tabulate(l, headers=['Name', 'Age', 'University'], tablefmt='orgtbl')

print(table)

2. PrettyTable

PrettyTable is a package that serves a similar purpose to the tabulate package. PrettyTable also has the option to read data from CSV, HTML, or a database.

from prettytable import PrettyTable

l = [["Hassan", 21, "LUMS"], ["Ali", 22, "FAST"], ["Ahmed", 23, "UET"]]

table = PrettyTable(['Name', 'Age', 'University'])

for rec in l:
    table.add_row(rec)
    
print(table)

3. texttable

texttable is another package that serves a similar purpose to the two packages discussed above. With texttable, you can control horizontal/vertical-align, border style, and data types.

from texttable import Texttable

# texttable takes the first reocrd in the list as the column names
# of the table
l = [["Name", "Age", "University"], ["Hassan", 21, "LUMS"], ["Ali", 22, "FAST"], ["Ahmed", 23, "UET"]]

table = Texttable()
table.add_rows(l)
print(table.draw())

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