Summary: In this programming example, we will learn different ways to get the class name of the given instance in Python.

Method 1: Using instance.__class__.__name__

instance.__class__ is the reference of the type of instance.

If we use the __name__ attribute on type reference, we get the name of the class.

Example:

class Car:
    def __init__(self, name):
        self.name = name
        
car = Car("Lamborghini")
print(car.__class__.__name__)

Output: Car

Method 2: Using type(instance).__name__

Similar to instance.__class__, type(instance) also returns the reference of the type of instance.

So, using the __name__ attribute on the type gives the class name of the instance.

Example:

class Car:
    def __init__(self, name):
        self.name = name
        
car = Car("Lamborghini")
print(type(car).__name__)

Output: Car

Method 3: Using __qualname__ instead of __name__

The __qualname__ attribute in Python returns the qualified name of the type.

In most cases, __name__ and __qualname__ gives the same results, but when nested classes are involved the results differ.

Example:

class Car:
    def __init__(self, name, engine):
        self.name = name
        self.engine = self.Engine(engine)
        
    class Engine:
        def __init__(self, name):
            self.name = name
    
    
car = Car("Lamborghini", "V12")

print(car.engine.__class__.__name__)
print(car.engine.__class__.__qualname__)

Output:

Engine
Car.Engine

There are the three ways using which we can get the class name of an instance in Python.

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