pandas.testing.assert_frame_equal(left, right, check_dtype=True, check_index_type='equiv', check_column_type='equiv', check_frame_type=True, check_less_precise=False, check_names=True, by_blocks=False, check_exact=False, check_datetimelike_compat=False, check_categorical=True, check_like=False, obj='DataFrame')[source]

Check that left and right DataFrame are equal.

This function is intended to compare two DataFrames and output any differences. Is is mostly intended for use in unit tests. Additional parameters allow varying the strictness of the equality checks performed.


left : DataFrame

First DataFrame to compare.

right : DataFrame

Second DataFrame to compare.

check_dtype : bool, default True

Whether to check the DataFrame dtype is identical.

check_index_type : bool / string {‘equiv’}, default ‘equiv’

Whether to check the Index class, dtype and inferred_type are identical.

check_column_type : bool / string {‘equiv’}, default ‘equiv’

Whether to check the columns class, dtype and inferred_type are identical. Is passed as the exact argument of assert_index_equal().

check_frame_type : bool, default True

Whether to check the DataFrame class is identical.

check_less_precise : bool or int, default False

Specify comparison precision. Only used when check_exact is False. 5 digits (False) or 3 digits (True) after decimal points are compared. If int, then specify the digits to compare.

check_names : bool, default True

Whether to check that the names attribute for both the index and column attributes of the DataFrame is identical, i.e.

  • left.index.names == right.index.names
  • left.columns.names == right.columns.names

by_blocks : bool, default False

Specify how to compare internal data. If False, compare by columns. If True, compare by blocks.

check_exact : bool, default False

Whether to compare number exactly.

check_datetimelike_compat : bool, default False

Compare datetime-like which is comparable ignoring dtype.

check_categorical : bool, default True

Whether to compare internal Categorical exactly.

check_like : bool, default False

If True, ignore the order of index & columns. Note: index labels must match their respective rows (same as in columns) - same labels must be with the same data.

obj : str, default ‘DataFrame’

Specify object name being compared, internally used to show appropriate assertion message.

See also

Equivalent method for asserting Series equality.
Check DataFrame equality.


This example shows comparing two DataFrames that are equal but with columns of differing dtypes.

>>> from pandas.util.testing import assert_frame_equal
>>> df1 = pd.DataFrame({'a': [1, 2], 'b': [3, 4]})
>>> df2 = pd.DataFrame({'a': [1, 2], 'b': [3.0, 4.0]})

df1 equals itself. >>> assert_frame_equal(df1, df1)

df1 differs from df2 as column ‘b’ is of a different type. >>> assert_frame_equal(df1, df2) Traceback (most recent call last): AssertionError: Attributes are different

Attribute “dtype” are different [left]: int64 [right]: float64

Ignore differing dtypes in columns with check_dtype. >>> assert_frame_equal(df1, df2, check_dtype=False)

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