How to use the pass statement

Suppose you are designing a new class with some methods that you don’t want to implement, yet.

class MyClass(object):
    def meth_a(self):

    def meth_b(self):
        print "I'm meth_b"

If you were to leave out the pass, the code wouldn’t run.

You would then get an:

IndentationError: expected an indented block

To summarize, the pass statement does nothing particular, but it can act as a placeholder, as demonstrated here.

Leave a Comment