# Print all prime factors of a number using Python

Today, we will see a Python program to print all the prime factors of a number. If a number perfectly divides the given number and is a prime number too, then it is a prime factor of that number. In this tutorial, we will get to know what is a prime factor, a method to find prime factors of a number and a Python program which prints all prime factors of a number.

## Prime factors of a number

The prime numbers which divide the given number perfectly are known as prime factors of that number. Using the below two conditions we can check whether a number is a prime factor of a given number or not-

- The number must be a prime number.
- The number must divide the given number perfectly.

**For example-**

- Let us find the prime factors of a number 99.
- The numbers 1, 3, 9, 11, 33, and 99 are factors of 99. Because these numbers can perfectly divide 99.
- The numbers 3 and 11 are prime factors of 99. Because these are the prime numbers among factors.
- So, both the conditions are fulfilled. The numbers 3 and 11 are prime numbers and 99 is perfectly divisible by both the numbers.
- Finally, we get 3 and 11 as the prime factors of 99.

## A method to find prime factors of a given number

To find all the prime factors of a number, we will follow the steps given below-

- Store the number in variable
*‘num’*. - Declare loop control variable
*‘i’*and initialize it with 2. - Check whether
*‘i’*divides the number perfectly i.e. with no remainder. - If the number is divisible, go to step 5. Otherwise, go to step 8.
- Check whether the value in variable
*‘i’*is a prime number or not. - If it is prime, print the value.
- Otherwise, go to step 8.
- Increment the value of
*‘i’*by 1. - Go to step 3 and repeat steps until the value of
*‘i’*becomes equal to the number. - Stop – all the prime factors of the number are printed.

To understand the above steps in a better way, let us take an example-

num = 6 Iteration 1- value of i = 2 num % i = 6 % 2 = 0 (True) prime = True for loop condition is false for first iteration So, the number 2 is a prime factor of 6 Iteration 2- value of i = 3 num % i = 6 % 3 = 0 (True) prime = True for loop condition is false So, the number 3 is a prime factor of 6 Iteration 3- value of i = 4 num % i = 6 % 4 = 0 (False) So, the number 4 is not a prime factor of 6 Iteration 4- value of i = 5 num % i = 6 % 5 = 0 (False) So, the number 5 is not a prime factor of 6 Iteration 5- value of i = 6 num % i = 6 % 6 = 0 (True) prime = True Iteration 1- value of j = 2 6 is divisible by 2 So, prime = False So, the number 6 is not a prime factor of 6

Therefore, numbers 2 and 3 are the prime factors of 6.

## Print all prime factors of a number using Python program

Now, we will see a Python program that prints all the prime factors of a given number. Firstly, we will take the number from the user as input and store it in variable *‘num’*. Then we check the divisibility of the given number by all numbers from 2 to *‘num’*. If the number is divisible, then we check whether the divisor is a prime number. And finally, if it is a prime number, we display it as it is a prime factor of *‘num’*. The Python program is as follows-

num = int(input("ENTER A NUMBER : ")) for i in range(2,num + 1): if(num % i == 0): prime = True for j in range(2,(i//2 + 1)): if(i % j == 0): prime = False break if(prime): print("%d"%i,end=' ') print("ARE THE PRIME FACTORS OF NUMBER",num)

## Python program output

The above Python program prints all the prime factors of a number. The output of this program after sample execution is given below-

[email protected]:~/python$ python3 factors.py ENTER A NUMBER : 35 5 7 ARE THE PRIME FACTORS OF NUMBER 35 [email protected]:~/python$

So, 5 and 7 are the prime factors of 35.

Thank you for reading this tutorial and I hope it helps you.

Also, read: Check given number is prime or not in Python

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