How to switch position of two items in a Python list?


Question

I haven’t been able to find a good solution for this problem on the net (probably because switch, position, list and Python are all such overloaded words).

It’s rather simple – I have this list:

['title', 'email', 'password2', 'password1', 'first_name', 'last_name', 'next', 'newsletter']

I’d like to switch position of 'password2' and 'password1' – not knowing their exact position, only that they’re right next to one another and password2 is first.

I’ve accomplished this with some rather long-winded list-subscripting, but I wondered its possible to come up with something a bit more elegant?

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5/31/2019 7:20:47 PM

Accepted Answer

    i = ['title', 'email', 'password2', 'password1', 'first_name', 
         'last_name', 'next', 'newsletter']
    a, b = i.index('password2'), i.index('password1')
    i[b], i[a] = i[a], i[b]
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3/22/2010 4:31:49 PM

The simple Python swap looks like this:

foo[i], foo[j] = foo[j], foo[i]

Now all you need to do is figure what i is, and that can easily be done with index:

i = foo.index("password2")

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