Python Program to Check Leap Year

1. Introduction

In this tutorial, we will learn how to write a Python program to check if a given year is a leap year.

A leap year is a year that is divisible by 4 but not by 100 unless it is also divisible by 400. This means that the year 2000 was a leap year, although 1900 was not. This system ensures that the Gregorian calendar closely matches the solar year.

2. Program Steps

1. Accept or define a year that you wish to check as a leap year.

2. Use conditional statements to check if the year is a leap year following the leap year rules.

3. Print the result of the check.

4. Test the check with a few different years.

3. Code Program

# Function to check if a year is a leap year
def is_leap_year(year):
    # Check if the year is divisible by 4 but not by 100,
    # unless it is also divisible by 400
    if (year % 4 == 0 and year % 100 != 0) or (year % 400 == 0):
        return True
        return False

# Test the function
years = [1900, 2000, 2012, 2021]
for y in years:
    if is_leap_year(y):
        print(f"{y} is a leap year.")
        print(f"{y} is not a leap year.")


1900 is not a leap year.
2000 is a leap year.
2012 is a leap year.
2021 is not a leap year.


1. The function is_leap_year is defined to determine if the input year is a leap year.

2. The condition checks if year % 4 == 0 (year is divisible by 4) and year % 100 != 0 (year is not divisible by 100), or year % 400 == 0 (year is divisible by 400).

3. If any of the conditions are true, the function returns True, indicating that the year is a leap year; otherwise, it returns False.

4. A list named years contains different years to test the function.

5. A for loop iterates through the years list, calling is_leap_year for each y in the list.

6. The if-else statement within the loop prints out whether each year is a leap year based on the function's return value.

7. The output correctly identifies which of the provided years are leap years based on the defined rules.