We all know, Python list is a very important data type. We use it very frequently in our code and perform various operations on the Python list, like adding elements, updating elements and deleting elements from the Python list.
In this tutorial, we are going to cover the following points in detail.
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It does not matter how many lines of code you write every day. When you want to remove or delete any elements from the Python list, you do think- What is the difference between remove, del and pop in Python List and which one to use?
There are 3 different ways of removing or deleting elements from the list.
Let us check one by one.
remove() removes the first matching value/object. It does not do anything with the indexing.
myList = [1, 2, 3, 2] myList.remove(2) print(myList) #[1, 3, 2]
If you want to remove all the occurrences of an element in the list, you need to loop over all elements. Check the element and remove it if it is present.
del removes the item at a specific index.
myList = [3, 2, 2, 1] del myList print(myList) #[3, 2, 1]
Note: You can also delete the entire list using
And pop removes the item at a specific index and returns it.
myList = [4, 3, 5] myList.pop(1) print(myList) #[4, 5]
remove()delete the matching element/object whereas
popremoves the element at a specific index.
popdeals with the index. The only difference between the two is that-
popreturn deleted the value from the list and
deldoes not return anything.
Popis the only way that returns the object.
Removeis the only one that searches objects (not index).
pop, if you want to delete and get the object at the specific location.
To remove an element from the Python list by index, use the keyword del or pop() method.
– The pop() uses the index to remove the element. To remove an element from the list using remove(), you have to provide the element itself.
– Unlike remove(), pop() method return element which is removed from the Python list.
– Check the code explained above as an example.
These are the main differences between pop() and remove().
Program for Practice:
Hope this clears your doubt. Onwards, I am sure you will use the appropriate method to remove or delete the object from the Python list.
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