How to initialize a dict with keys from a list and empty value in Python?


Question

I'd like to get from this:

keys = [1,2,3]

to this:

{1: None, 2: None, 3: None}

Is there a pythonic way of doing it?

This is an ugly way to do it:

>>> keys = [1,2,3]
>>> dict([(1,2)])
{1: 2}
>>> dict(zip(keys, [None]*len(keys)))
{1: None, 2: None, 3: None}
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7/22/2016 7:30:37 PM

Accepted Answer

dict.fromkeys([1, 2, 3, 4])

This is actually a classmethod, so it works for dict-subclasses (like collections.defaultdict) as well. The optional second argument specifies the value to use for the keys (defaults to None.)

341
2/11/2010 6:36:40 AM

nobody cared to give a dict-comprehension solution ?

>>> keys = [1,2,3,5,6,7]
>>> {key: None for key in keys}
{1: None, 2: None, 3: None, 5: None, 6: None, 7: None}

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