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Python os.stat() Method with example

Hello dear readers! Welcome back to another section of our tutorial on Python. In this tutorial guide, we are going to be studying about the Os stat() method.

Python os stat() method performs a stat system call on the given path.

Below is the list of members of stat structure -

  • st_dev - ID of the device containing file.
  • st_mode - protection
  • st_nlink - the number of hard links
  • st_uid - user ID of owner
  • st_gid - group ID of owner
  • st_size - total size, in bytes
  • st_atime - the time of last access
  • st_mtime - the time of last modification
  • st_ctime - time of the most recent metadata change


The following below is the syntax for Python Os stat() method -

os.stat( path )

Parameter Details

  • path - This is the file path whose stat information is needed.

Return Value

This returns information about a file.


The following below is a simple example -

# !/usr/bin/python

import os, sys

# showing stat information of file "a2.py"
statinfo = os.stat('a2.py')

print statinfo

When the above code is executed, it will produce the following result -

posix.stat_result(st_mode=33188, st_ino=3940649674337682L, st_dev=277923425L, st
_nlink=1, st_uid=400, st_gid=401, st_size=335L, st_atime=1330498089, st_mtime=13
30498089, st_ctime=1330498089)

Alright guys! This is where we are rounding up for this tutorial post. In our next tutorial, we are going to be studying about the Python OS stat_float_times() Method.

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