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Python sorted() Function

❮ Built-in Functions


Example

Sort a tuple:

a = ("b", "g", "a", "d", "f", "c", "h", "e")
x = sorted(a)
print(x)
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Definition and Usage

The sorted() function returns a sorted list of the specified iterable object.

You can specify ascending or descending order. Strings are sorted alphabetically, and numbers are sorted numerically.

Note: You cannot sort a list that contains BOTH string values AND numeric values.


Syntax

sorted(iterable, key=key, reverse=reverse)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
iterable Required. The sequence to sort, list, dictionary, tuple etc.
key Optional. A Function to execute to decide the order. Default is None
reverse Optional. A Boolean. False will sort ascending, True will sort descending. Default is False

More Examples

Example

Sort numeric:

a = (1, 11, 2)
x = sorted(a)
print(x)
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Example

Sort ascending:

a = ("h", "b", "a", "c", "f", "d", "e", "g")
x = sorted(a)
print(x)
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Example

Sort descending:

a = ("h", "b", "a", "c", "f", "d", "e", "g")
x = sorted(a, reverse=True)
print(x)
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