# How to get absolute value in Python

To get an absolute value in Python use `abs`

function. It is a built-in function so **no import** is required.

For example:

abs(-11)

will return `11`

, when:

abs(11)

will also return `11`

.

Formally, the absolute value is a value without a minus sign (`-`

) for all negatives and the same value for all non-negatives. Note that `0`

is nonnegative, so `abs(0)`

returns `0`

.

## The absolute value in python variable

You can call the function passing variable also:

val = -2 val_abs = abs(val) print(val_abs)

Will print `2`

.

## Float absolute value in python

You can also get an absolute for a float:

abs(-11.02)

Will return `11.02`

.