Python Built-in Methods – Python List pop() Method

Python List pop() Method

Removes an item at specified index


The pop() method removes a single list item at specified index and returns it. If no index is specified, pop() method removes and returns the last item in the list.



Parameter Condition Description
index Optional An index of item you want to remove.
Default value is -1

Return Value

The pop() method returns the value of removed item.


# Remove 2nd list item
L = ['red', 'green', 'blue']
# Prints ['red', 'blue']

You can also use negative indexing with pop() method.

# Remove 2nd list item
L = ['red', 'green', 'blue']
# Prints ['red', 'blue']

When you remove an item from the list using pop(), it removes it and returns its value.

L = ['red', 'green', 'blue']
x = L.pop(1)

# removed item
# Prints green

When you don’t specify the index on pop(), it assumes the parameter to be -1 and removes the last item.

L = ['red', 'green', 'blue']
# Prints ['red', 'green']


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