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# Python Program to Find the Factorial of a Number

In this article, you’ll learn to find the factorial of a number and display it.

The factorial of a number is the product of all the integers from 1 to that number.

For example, the factorial of 6 is 1*2*3*4*5*6 = 720. Factorial is not defined for negative numbers, and the factorial of zero is one, 0! = 1.

## Factorial of a Number using Loop

``````# Python program to find the factorial of a number provided by the user.

# change the value for a different result
num = 7

# To take input from the user
#num = int(input("Enter a number: "))

factorial = 1

# check if the number is negative, positive or zero
if num < 0:
print("Sorry, factorial does not exist for negative numbers")
elif num == 0:
print("The factorial of 0 is 1")
else:
for i in range(1,num + 1):
factorial = factorial*i
print("The factorial of",num,"is",factorial)
``````

Output

```The factorial of 7 is 5040
```

Note: To test the program for a different number, change the value of num.

Here, the number whose factorial is to be found is stored in num, and we check if the number is negative, zero or positive using if…elif…else statement. If the number is positive, we use for loop and range() function to calculate the factorial.

 iteration factorial*i (returned value) i = 1 1 * 1 = 1 i = 2 1 * 2 = 2 i = 3 2 * 3 = 6 i = 4 6 * 4 = 24 i = 5 24 * 5 = 120 i = 6 120 * 6 = 720 i = 7 720 * 7 = 5040

## Factorial of a Number using Recursion

``````# Python program to find the factorial of a number provided by the user
# using recursion

def factorial(x):
"""This is a recursive function
to find the factorial of an integer"""

if x == 1:
return 1
else:
# recursive call to the function
return (x * factorial(x-1))

# change the value for a different result
num = 7

# to take input from the user
# num = int(input("Enter a number: "))

# call the factorial function
result = factorial(num)
print("The factorial of", num, "is", result)``````

In the above example, factorial() is a recursive function that calls itself. Here, the function will recursively call itself by decreasing the value of the x.

To learn about the working of recursion, visit Python recursion.