Fix AttributeError: NoneType object has no attribute get

Python AttributeError: NoneType object has no attribute get means that you are trying to call the get() method on a None object.

This error usually occurs when you mistake a None object for something else.

Why this error occurs

To generate this error you can call the get() method from a None object as shown below:

obj = None

result = obj.get("url")  # ❌

Because the obj variable contains a None value, Python responds with the following error message:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File ...
    result = obj.get("url")
AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'get'

Let’s see how to fix this error next

How to fix ‘NoneType’ object has no attribute ‘get’

get() is a method of the dictionary object that’s used to get the value of a key in a dictionary object.

Here’s an example to use the method:

my_dict = {"name": "Nathan"}

result = my_dict.get("name")

print(result)  # Nathan

The error means you are calling the get() method from a NoneType object instead of a dictionary object.

One way to avoid this error is to check the type of your variable with the isinstance() function.

Add an if-else statement so that you only call the get() method when the variable is a dictionary as follows:

obj = {"name": "Nathan"}

if isinstance(obj, dict):
    print("obj is a dictionary.")
    obj.get("name")  # ✅
    print("obj is not a dictionary.")

If you know that you only get a dictionary object, you can also use the is not None expression to avoid calling get on a NoneType object.

This is especially useful when you are looping over a list of dictionary objects, where you may get one or two elements that have None value:

result = [
    {"name": "Nathan"},
    {"name": "Lysa"},

for element in result:
    if element is not None:

This way, the None values in the list won’t cause an error as they will be skipped.

Now you’ve learned how to fix Python AttributeError: NoneType object has no attribute get. Very nice! 👍

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