When do we need `from` and `import` vs just `import`?

Modules Exercises 1
import sentence is

from datetime import datetime

Okay, I see.

But Exercises 2

import random

Why is there no from word?
What is the differences between them?

The datetime module gives you access to several classes, among them date, time and datetime.

If you want to make use of the datetime class of the datetime module (yes, it’s confusing: same name for two different things), you have two choices:
(1) Import the module and prefix the class with datetime using dot notation:

import datetime
d = datetime.datetime(2000, 12, 31)  # This is a datetime object; note the dot notation
# Prints 
2000-12-31 00:00:00

(2) Use from to import the class and then just use the class name, omitting the dot notation:

from datetime import datetime
e = datetime(2000, 12, 31)   # no dot notation needed to create a datetime object
# Prints 
2000-12-31 00:00:00

The same relation holds with modules and functions which they may contain:

import random
p = random.randint(0, 10)   # this is a function accessed via dot notation

# or

from random import randint
q = randint(0, 10)   # no dot notation needed for this function

# Prints

(Edited to correct a mistake in the final example.)


I see. Thank you for your clear explanation.
I really appreciate you.


a= randint(0,100)
is randint a class or a method inside a class?

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Is it possible to import more than just one class from a module?

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Yes we can import multiple objects or classes at once

from math import log,pi,ceil,floor



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It appears to be a method of the “random” class. See https://docs.python.org/3/library/random.html for reference.

Great explanation. Thanks!

Thank you for the clear explanation!

Question: In the python docs here, it says: " When a module is first imported, Python searches for the module and if found, it creates a module object, initializing it." This appears to be true for the import keyword, regardless of what it is importing, if I am understanding it correctly.

So if I import a function like randint() using the import keyword instead of using dot notation, does that change its object type, and therefore the way it behaves? Does it make a difference if it is now a ‘module object’?

In the exercise, how come the code below is wrong but removing the “from random” at the beginning makes it correct?

from random import random

# Create random_list below:

random_list = [random.randint(1,101) for i in range(101)]

the following also got marked wrong:

from random import random

# Create random_list below:

random_list = [randint(1,101) for i in range(101)]

If you want to call random.randint(), i.e. with the random. qualification then your import statement should be simply:
import random

If you wanna call randint() without qualification, then your import statement should be:
from random import randint


I was wondering the same thing. I’m glad I looked up this lesson on the forum and read your explanation.