# Python program to find the power of a number using recursion

Finding power of a number: Here, we are going to implement a python program to find the power of a given number using recursion in Python.
Submitted by Anuj Singh, on August 08, 2019

Given the base x and the power y and we have to find the x to the power y using recursion in Python.

By using recursion – We will be multiplying a number (initially with value 1) by the number input by the user (of which we have to find the value of yth power) for y times. For multiplying it by y times, we need to call our function y times. Since we know the number of times function will execute, so we are using for recursion.

Python code to find the power of a number using recursion

```# Python code to find the power of a number using recursion

# defining the function to find the power
# function accpets base (x) and the power (y)
# and, return x to the power y
def pow(x, y):
if y == 1:
return x
else:
return pow(x, y-1) * x

# main code
if __name__ == '__main__':
x = 2 #base
y = 3  #power
result = pow(x, y)
print(x," to the power ", y, " is: ", result)

x = 10 #base
y = 3  #power
result = pow(x, y)
print(x," to the power ", y, " is: ", result)

x = 12 #base
y = 5  #power
result = pow(x, y)
print(x," to the power ", y, " is: ", result)
```

Output

```2  to the power  3  is:  8
10  to the power  3  is:  1000
12  to the power  5  is:  248832
```

Preparation