Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

PythonWhen referring to the programming language Python, pickling is a term that coders use when talking about object serialization. Pickle is a mechanism for serializing objects, so when a programmer is using pickle to serialize an object, they are said to be pickling, or Python pickling. Conversely, if a programmer is de-serializing an object, he or she is said to be unpickling.

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