Is there a way to rename a dictionary key, without reassigning its value to a new name and removing the old name key; and without iterating through dict key/value?
In case of OrderedDict, do the same, while keeping that key's position.
For a regular dict, you can use:
mydict[new_key] = mydict.pop(old_key)
For an OrderedDict, I think you must build an entirely new one using a comprehension.
>>> OrderedDict(zip('123', 'abc')) OrderedDict([('1', 'a'), ('2', 'b'), ('3', 'c')]) >>> oldkey, newkey = '2', 'potato' >>> OrderedDict((newkey if k == oldkey else k, v) for k, v in _.viewitems()) OrderedDict([('1', 'a'), ('potato', 'b'), ('3', 'c')])
Modifying the key itself, as this question seems to be asking, is impractical because dict keys are usually immutable objects such as numbers, strings or tuples. Instead of trying to modify the key, reassigning the value to a new key and removing the old key is how you can achieve the "rename" in python.