How do I get a decimal value when using the division operator in Python?

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For example, the standard division symbol “” rounds to zero:

>>> 4 / 100

However, I want it to return 0.04. What do I use?

There are three options:

>>> 4 / float(100)
>>> 4 / 100.0

which is the same behavior as the C, C++, Java etc, or

>>> from __future__ import division
>>> 4 / 100

You can also activate this behavior by passing the argument -Qnew to the Python interpreter:

$ python -Qnew
>>> 4 / 100

The second option will be the default in Python 3.0. If you want to have the old integer division, you have to use the // operator.

Edit: added section about -Qnew, thanks to ????????!

Other answers suggest how to get a floating-point value. While this wlil be close to what you want, it won’t be exact:

>>> 0.4/100.

If you actually want a decimal value, do this:

>>> import decimal
>>> decimal.Decimal('4') / decimal.Decimal('100')

That will give you an object that properly knows that 4 / 100 in base 10 is “0.04”. Floating-point numbers are actually in base 2, i.e. binary, not decimal.

Make one or both of the terms a floating point number, like so:


Alternatively, turn on the feature that will be default in Python 3.0, ‘true division’, that does what you want. At the top of your module or script, do:

from __future__ import division

You might want to look at Python’s decimal package, also. This will provide nice decimal results.

>>> decimal.Decimal('4')/100

You need to tell Python to use floating point values, not integers. You can do that simply by using a decimal point yourself in the inputs:

>>> 4/100.0

A simple route 4 / 100.0


4.0 / 100

Here we have two possible cases given below

from __future__ import division


Try 4.0/100

You cant get a decimal value by dividing one integer with another, you’ll allways get an integer that way (result truncated to integer). You need at least one value to be a decimal number.

Add the following function in your code with its callback.

# Starting of the function
def divide(number_one, number_two, decimal_place = 4):
    quotient = number_one/number_two
    remainder = number_one % number_two
    if remainder != 0:
        quotient_str = str(quotient)
        for loop in range(0, decimal_place):
            if loop == 0:
                quotient_str += "."
            surplus_quotient = (remainder * 10) / number_two
            quotient_str += str(surplus_quotient)
            remainder = (remainder * 10) % number_two
            if remainder == 0:
        return float(quotient_str)
        return quotient
#Ending of the function

# Calling back the above function
# Structure : divide(<divident>, <divisor>, <decimal place(optional)>)
divide(1, 7, 10) # Output : 0.1428571428
# OR
divide(1, 7) # Output : 0.1428

This function works on the basis of “Euclid Division Algorithm”. This function is very useful if you don’t want to import any external header files in your project.

Syntex : divide([divident], [divisor], [decimal place(optional))

Code : divide(1, 7, 10) OR divide(1, 7)

Comment below for any queries.

You could also try adding a “.0” at the end of the number.


It’s only dropping the fractional part after decimal.
Have you tried : 4.0 / 100

Import division from future library like this:

from__future__ import division

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