Python String rfind() Method

By Lenin Mishra

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Python String rfind() method

The rfind() method in Python finds the last occurrence of the specified substring. It returns -1 if the value is not found.

Its the opposite of find() method as find() finds the first occurence of a substring.

Syntax of rfind() method
string.rfind(value, start, end)

value: The substring to find(required)
start:	The integer position to start the search. Default is 0.(Optional)
end:	The integer position to end the search. Default is the end of the string.(Optional)


str1 = "Pylenin loves Python and Python loves Pylenin."

# first occurence of "Python"
>>> 14

# last occurence of "Python"
>>> 25
Example 2 - A substring that doesn’t exist


str1 = "Pylenin loves Python and Python loves Pylenin."

>>> -1
Example 3 - Last occurence of substring between specified positions


str1 = "Pylenin loves Python and Python loves Pylenin."

# occurence of "Python" between 
# position 20 and 40
print(str1.rfind("Python", 20, 40))
>>> 25

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