Different callback returns based on a condition

Hi all,

I’m trying to set a function where it can return different outputs based on a condition. It can return 1 output: an error message if the user-inputted value is not valid (maybe structured in a Modal component), or it can return 3 outputs if the value is valid.

How can I write this callback?

Thanks in advance!

hi @dqbertuzzi ,

Welcome to here!

You can consider giving your component output every time, just refer to dash.no_update and dash.PreventUpdate, which you may need.

from dash import Dash, dcc, html, Input, Output, callback, no_update
from dash.exceptions import PreventUpdate

external_stylesheets = ['https://codepen.io/chriddyp/pen/bWLwgP.css']

app = Dash(__name__, external_stylesheets=external_stylesheets)

app.layout = html.Div([
    html.P('Enter a composite number to see its prime factors'),
    dcc.Input(id='num', type='number', debounce=True, min=2, step=1),
    html.P(id='err', style={'color': 'red'}),

    Output('out', 'children'),
    Output('err', 'children'),
    Input('num', 'value')
def show_factors(num):
    if num is None:
        # PreventUpdate prevents ALL outputs updating
        raise PreventUpdate

    factors = prime_factors(num)
    if len(factors) == 1:
        # dash.no_update prevents any single output updating
        # (note: it's OK to use for a single-output callback too)
        return no_update, '{} is prime!'.format(num)

    return '{} is {}'.format(num, ' * '.join(str(n) for n in factors)), ''

def prime_factors(num):
    n, i, out = num, 2, []
    while i * i <= n:
        if n % i == 0:
            n = int(n / i)
            i += 1 if i == 2 else 2
    return out

if __name__ == '__main__':

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Hey @stu, thanks! I think that was what I was looking for!

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