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How to remove an item from a list in python?

Last Updated on Wednesday 5th Oct 2022

remove item from list python

What is a list?

A list in python is not so different from the standard definition of a list, such as a names list or a to-do list.

  • In python, a list is a data type used to store multiple items (pieces of data) in a particular order (i.e. 'ordered').
  • We can also edit lists to change what is in them (i.e. they are 'mutable')
  • Just like with primitive data types in python, we can assign and update lists using variables

Removing items

					names = ['Liam', 'Olivia', 'Charlotte', 'Noah']

# remove the Olivia

					['Liam', 'Olivia', 'Charlotte', 'Noah']
['Liam', 'Charlotte', 'Noah']


We can't remove an item that doesn't exist though

					names = ['Liam', 'Olivia', 'Charlotte', 'Noah']

# remove the Charlotte


So, here we're trying to remove 'Charlotte' from the list, even though it isn't in the list.

					Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 4, in <module>
ValueError: list.remove(x): x not in list