What is the difference between range and xrange functions in Python 2.X?

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Apparently xrange is faster but I have no idea why it's faster (and no proof besides the anecdotal so far that it is faster) or what besides that is different about

for i in range(0, 20):
for i in xrange(0, 20):

Aug 22, 2018 in Python by bug_seeker
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xrange only stores the range params and generates the numbers on demand. However the C implementation of Python currently restricts its args to C longs:

xrange(2**32-1, 2**32+1) # When long is 32 bits, OverflowError: Python int too large to convert to C long
range(2**32-1, 2**32+1) # OK --> [4294967295L, 4294967296L]

Note that in Python 3.0 there is only range and it behaves like the 2.x xrange but without the limitations on minimum and maximum end points.

answered Aug 22, 2018 by Priyaj
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