"Unicode Error "unicodeescape" codec can't decode bytes... Cannot open text files in Python 3 [duplicate]
The problem is with the string
"C:\Users... starts an eight-character Unicode escape, such as
\U00014321. In your code, the escape is followed by the character 's', which is invalid.
You either need to duplicate all backslashes:
Or prefix the string with
r (to produce a raw string):
Typical error on Windows because the default user directory is
C:\user\<your_user>, so when you want to pass this path as a string argument into a Python function, you get a Unicode error, just because the
\u is a Unicode escape. If the next 8 characters after the
\u are not numeric this produces an error.
To solve it, just double the backslashes:
C:\\user\\<\your_user>...This will ensure that Python treats the single backslashes as single backslashes.
'r' works very well, but it needs to be in the correct syntax. For example:
passwordFile = open(r'''C:\Users\Bob\SecretPasswordFile.txt''')
No need for
\\ here - maintains readability and works well.