What is the difference between Python's list methods append and extend?


Question

What's the difference between the list methods append() and extend()?

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3119
5/21/2019 5:18:17 PM

Accepted Answer

append: Appends object at the end.

x = [1, 2, 3]
x.append([4, 5])
print (x)

gives you: [1, 2, 3, [4, 5]]


extend: Extends list by appending elements from the iterable.

x = [1, 2, 3]
x.extend([4, 5])
print (x)

gives you: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

4887
6/5/2018 9:13:30 AM

append adds an element to a list, and extend concatenates the first list with another list (or another iterable, not necessarily a list.)

>>> li = ['a', 'b', 'mpilgrim', 'z', 'example']
>>> li
['a', 'b', 'mpilgrim', 'z', 'example']

>>> li.append("new")
>>> li
['a', 'b', 'mpilgrim', 'z', 'example', 'new']

>>> li.append(["new", 2])
>>> li
['a', 'b', 'mpilgrim', 'z', 'example', 'new', ['new', 2]]

>>> li.insert(2, "new")
>>> li
['a', 'b', 'new', 'mpilgrim', 'z', 'example', 'new', ['new', 2]]

>>> li.extend(["two", "elements"])
>>> li
['a', 'b', 'new', 'mpilgrim', 'z', 'example', 'new', ['new', 2], 'two', 'elements']

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