Python Principles

Print vs. return in Python

Printing and returning are completely different concepts.

print is a function you call. Calling print will immediately make your program write out text for you to see. Use print when you want to show a value to a human.

return is a keyword. When a return statement is reached, Python will stop the execution of the current function, sending a value out to where the function was called. Use return when you want to send a value from one point in your code to another.

Using return changes the flow of the program. Using print does not.