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Updated date Nov 27, 2023
In this blog, we will explore different methods to transform byte data into lists in Python. From the basic list() function to the list comprehension and the versatility of the map() function.

Introduction:

Bytes are the building blocks of data in Python, representing sequences of 8-bit values. While bytes are versatile, there are times when we need to convert them into more manageable structures, like lists. In this blog, we will explore various methods to convert bytes to a list in Python.

Method 1: Using list() Function

The first method is using the built-in list() function. This function can convert any iterable, including bytes, into a list.

# Program
byte_data = b'Hello, Bytes!'
converted_list = list(byte_data)

# Output
print(converted_list)

Output:

[72, 101, 108, 108, 111, 44, 32, 66, 121, 116, 101, 115, 33]

The list() function takes each element of the byte sequence and creates a corresponding list element. Each byte is converted to its decimal representation, resulting in a list of integers.

Method 2: Using List Comprehension

List comprehension is a concise and powerful way to create lists. In this method, we can iterate through each byte in the byte sequence and create a list.

# Program
byte_data = b'PythonBytes'
converted_list = [byte for byte in byte_data]

# Output
print(converted_list)

Output:

[80, 121, 116, 104, 111, 110, 66, 121, 116, 101, 115]

Here, we use a list comprehension to iterate over each byte in byte_data, creating a list of integers representing the bytes.

Method 3: Using the map() Function

The map() function applies a given function to all items in an input list (or any iterable). We can use it to convert each byte to an integer.

# Program
byte_data = b'PythonBytes'
converted_list = list(map(int, byte_data))

# Output
print(converted_list)

Output:

[80, 121, 116, 104, 111, 110, 66, 121, 116, 101, 115]

The map() function applies the int() function to each element in byte_data, converting each byte to its decimal representation.

Method 4: Using the array Module

Python's array module provides a way to create arrays of a specified data type. By initializing an array of type 'B' (unsigned char), we can easily convert bytes to a list.

# Program
import array

byte_data = b'PythonBytes'
converted_list = array.array('B', byte_data).tolist()

# Output
print(converted_list)

Output:

[80, 121, 116, 104, 111, 110, 66, 121, 116, 101, 115]

The array module creates an array of unsigned bytes ('B') from the byte sequence, and the tolist() method converts it to a list of integers.

Conclusion:

In this blog, we have covered various methods for converting bytes to a list in Python. Explored methods like the list() function, the list comprehension, map() function, and the array module.

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