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$ cat bla.py

u = unicode('d…')

s = u.encode('utf-8')

print s

$ python bla.py

File "bla.py", line 1

SyntaxError: Non-ASCII character '\xe2' in file bla.py on line 1, but no encoding declared; see http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0263.html for details

How can I declare UTF-8 strings in source code?

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If you are working with Python 3 this declaration is not needed as UTF-8 is the default source encoding. One important point to note here, you should verify that your text editor properly encodes your code in UTF-8. Otherwise, you may have invisible characters that are not interpreted as UTF-8.

Before writing the code you should declare the source header at the start.

#!/usr/bin/env python

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

Below is the code that illustrates the use of  UTF-8 in strings:

#!/usr/bin/env python

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

u = 'idzie wąż wąską dróżką'

uu = u.decode('utf8')

s = uu.encode('cp1250')


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