How To add Elements to a List in Python

Updated on September 20, 2022


How To add Elements to a List in Python


In this tutorial, we will learn different ways to add elements to a list in Python.

There are four methods to add elements to a List in Python.

  1. append(): append the element to the end of the list.
  2. insert(): inserts the element before the given index.
  3. extend(): extends the list by appending elements from the iterable.
  4. List Concatenation: We can use the + operator to concatenate multiple lists and create a new list.

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In order to complete this tutorial, you will need:

This tutorial was tested with Python 3.9.6.


This function adds a single element to the end of the list.

fruit_list = ["Apple", "Banana"]

print(f'Current Fruits List {fruit_list}')

new_fruit = input("Please enter a fruit name:\n")


print(f'Updated Fruits List {fruit_list}')


Current Fruits List ['Apple', 'Banana']
Please enter a fruit name:
Updated Fruits List ['Apple', 'Banana', 'Orange']

This example added Orange to the end of the list.


This function adds an element at the given index of the list.

num_list = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

print(f'Current Numbers List {num_list}')

num = int(input("Please enter a number to add to list:\n"))

index = int(input(f'Please enter the index between 0 and {len(num_list) - 1} to add the number:\n'))

num_list.insert(index, num)

print(f'Updated Numbers List {num_list}')


Current Numbers List [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Please enter a number to add to list:
Please enter the index between 0 and 4 to add the number:
Updated Numbers List [1, 2, 20, 3, 4, 5]

This example added 20 at the index of 2. 20 has been inserted into the list at this index.


This function adds iterable elements to the list.

extend_list = []

extend_list.extend([1, 2])  # extending list elements


extend_list.extend((3, 4))  # extending tuple elements


extend_list.extend("ABC")  # extending string elements



[1, 2]
[1, 2, 3, 4]
[1, 2, 3, 4, 'A', 'B', 'C']

This example added a list of [1, 2]. Then it added a tuple of (3, 4). And then it added a string of ABC.

List Concatenation

If you have to concatenate multiple lists, you can use the + operator. This will create a new list, and the original lists will remain unchanged.

evens = [2, 4, 6]
odds = [1, 3, 5]

nums = odds + evens

print(nums)  # [1, 3, 5, 2, 4, 6]

This example added the list of evens to the end of the list of odds. The new list will contain elements from the list from left to right. It’s similar to the string concatenation in Python.


Python provides multiple ways to add elements to a list. We can append an element at the end of the list, and insert an element at the given index. We can also add a list to another list. If you want to concatenate multiple lists, then use the overloaded + operator


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December 6, 2020

list1 = [“M”, “na”, “i”, “Ke”] list2 = [“y”, “me”, “s”, “lly”] list3 = [i + j for i,j in zip(list1, list2)] How is the above different to this; list3 = list() for i,j in zip(list1, list2): list3 = i + j how are these 2 codes different from one another?

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    November 23, 2020

    how to use add method like i mean list.add(x)… explain

    - Abdul

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      August 18, 2020

      new_list=elements[::2] #explain this

      - Varada

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        April 23, 2020

        is there anything like list.add(num)

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