Windows path in Python


What is the best way to represent a Windows directory, for example "C:meshesas"? I have been trying to modify a script but it never works because I can"t seem to get the directory right, I assume because of the "" acting as escape character?

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you can use always:


this works both in linux and windows. Other posibility is


if you have problems with some names you can also try raw string literals:


however best practice is to use the os.path module functions that always select the correct configuration for your OS:

os.path.join(mydir, myfile)

From python 3.4 you can also use the pathlib module. This is equivelent to the above:

pathlib.Path(mydir, myfile)


pathlib.Path(mydir) / myfile