Python If / Elif / Else Statements

title: If / Elif / Else Statements

If / Elif / Else Statements

The if/elif/else structure is a common way to control the flow of a program, allowing you to execute specific blocks of code depending on the value of some data. If the condition following the keyword if evaluates as True, the block of code will execute:

Note that parenthesis are not used before and after the condition check such as in other languages.

if True: print('If block will execute!')
x = 5 if x > 4: print("The condition was true!") #this statement executes

Tips : You can use any number or string or character as alternative to True and only 0 and None as an alternative to False


if 1: # 1 evaluates to true print('If block will execute!')

Else statement

You can optionally add an else response that will execute if the condition is False:

if not True: print('If statement will execute!') else: print('Else statement will execute!')

Or you can also see this example:

y = 3 if y > 4: print("I won't print!") #this statement does not execute else: print("The condition wasn't true!") #this statement executes

Note that there is no condition following the else keyword – it catches all situations where the condition was False

Elif statement

Multiple conditions can be checked by including one or more elif checks after your initial if statement but only one condition will execute:

z = 7 if z > 8: print("I won't print!") #this statement does not execute elif z > 5: print("I will!") #this statement will execute elif z > 6: print("I also won't print!") #this statement does not execute else: print("Neither will I!") #this statement does not execute

Note only the first condition that evaluates as True will execute. Even though z > 6 is True, the if/elif/else block terminates after the first true condition. This means that an else will only execute if none of the conditions prior to it were True.

Nested if statement

We can also create nested if statements for decision making. Before preceding, please, refer to the indentation guide once.

Let’s take an example of finding a number which is even and also greater than ’10’:
x = 34
if x % 2 == 0: # this is how you create a comment and now, checking for even.
if x > 10:
print(“This number is even and is greater than 10”)
print(“This number is even, but not greater than 10”)
print (“The number is not even. So no point checking further.”)


This number is even and is greater than 10

This was just a simple example of a nested if statement. Please feel free to explore more online. While the examples above are simple, you can create complex conditions using <a href='' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>boolean comparisons</a> and <a href='' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>boolean operators</a>. ***Inline python if-else statement*** We can also use if-else statements with inline python functions. The following example should check if the number is greater or equal to 50, if yes return `True`:

x = 89
is_greater = True if x >= 50 else False




## Rock-Paper-Scissors Game using if-elif in Python


importing random library

import random

make the set of moves

moves = [“rock”,”paper”,”scissors”]
keep_playing = “True”

while keep_playing == “True”:
cmove = random.choice(moves)
pmove = input(“What is your move: rock , paper or scissors?”)
print(“computer chose “,cmove)
if cmove == pmove:
elif pmove==”rock” and cmove == “scissors”:
print(“player Wins”)
elif pmove == “rock” and cmove == “paper”:
print(“computer wins”)
elif pmove == “paper” and cmove ==”scissors”:
print(“computer wins”)
elif pmove == “paper” and cmove == “rock”:
print (“player wins”)
elif pmove == “scissors” and cmove ==”rock”:
print(“computter wins”)
elif pmove == “scissors” and cmove ==”paper”:
print (“Player wins”)

Nested if else condition Sometime we need to check another condition once one condition is satisfied. For Example: If you wanted to check the range between which the given number falls.You will need to use nested if-else conditon

if x<=100: if x>=90:
print(“number fall between 100 and 90”)
elif x>=80 & x<90:
print(Number is greater than 80 but less than 90″)
print(“number is less than 80”)
print(“number is greater than 100”)


number is less than 80

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