How to remove an element from a list by index?


Question

How do I remove an element from a list by index in Python?

I found the list.remove method, but say I want to remove the last element, how do I do this? It seems like the default remove searches the list, but I don't want any search to be performed.

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1291
6/14/2019 6:25:43 PM

Accepted Answer

Use del and specify the index of the element you want to delete:

>>> a = [0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]
>>> del a[-1]
>>> a
[0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]

Also supports slices:

>>> del a[2:4]
>>> a
[0, 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]

Here is the section from the tutorial.

1499
6/5/2018 3:18:39 AM

You probably want pop:

a = ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd']
a.pop(1)

# now a is ['a', 'c', 'd']

By default, pop without any arguments removes the last item:

a = ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd']
a.pop()

# now a is ['a', 'b', 'c']

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