# Python sum()

Published on August 3, 2022

Pankaj

Python sum() function is used to get the sum of numbers of an iterable.

## Python sum()

Python sum() function syntax is:

``````sum(iterable[, start])
``````

start is an optional number with default value of 0. If start is provided, then the sum of start and all the numbers in the iterable is returned.

## Python sum() list of numbers

``````s = sum([1, 2, 3])
print(s)

s = sum([1, 2, 3], 10)
print(s)
``````

Output:

``````6
16
``````

Note that sum() method doesn’t take keyword arguments, so if we write `sum([1, 2, 3], start=10)` then it will throw exception as `TypeError: sum() takes no keyword arguments`.

## Python sum of a sequence of integers

Since sum accepts iterable as argument, we can pass tuple, bytes of numbers too.

``````s = sum(bytes([1, 2]))
print(s)

s = sum(bytearray([1, 2]), 10)
print(s)

# sum of integers in different formats, tuple of numbers
s = sum((1, 0b11, 0o17, 0xFF))
print(s)

s = sum((1, 0b11, 0o17, 0xFF), 0xF)
print(s)
``````

Output:

``````3
13
274
289
``````

## Python sum of floats

``````s = sum([1.5, 2.5, 3])
print(s)
``````

Output: `7.0` If you want to add floating point values with extended precision, you can use `math.fsum()` function.

## Python sum of complex numbers

sum() function works with complex numbers too.

``````s = sum([1 + 2j, 3 + 4j])
print(s)

s = sum([1 + 2j, 3 + 4j], 2 + 2j)
print(s)

s = sum([1 + 2j, 2, 1.5 - 2j])
print(s)
``````

Output:

``````(4+6j)
(6+8j)
(4.5+0j)
``````

You can checkout complete python script and more Python examples from our GitHub Repository.

Reference: Official Documentation

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