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Add a key:value pair to dictionary in Python

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  • Last Updated : 14 Jan, 2019
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Dictionary in Python is an unordered collection of data values, used to store data values like a map, which unlike other Data Types that hold only single value as an element, Dictionary holds key:value pair.

While using Dictionary, sometimes, we need to add or modify the key/value inside the dictionary. Let’s see how to add a key:value pair to dictionary in Python.

Code #1: Using Subscript notation

This method will create a new key:value pair on a dictionary by assigning a value to that key.

# Python program to add a key:value pair to dictionary
dict = {'key1':'geeks', 'key2':'for'
print("Current Dict is: ", dict
# using the subscript notation 
# Dictionary_Name[New_Key_Name] = New_Key_Value 
dict['key3'] = 'Geeks'
dict['key4'] = 'is'
dict['key5'] = 'portal'
dict['key6'] = 'Computer'
print("Updated Dict is: ", dict)


Current Dict is: {‘key2’: ‘for’, ‘key1’: ‘geeks’}
Updated Dict is: {‘key3’: ‘Geeks’, ‘key5’: ‘portal’, ‘key6’: ‘Computer’, ‘key4’: ‘is’, ‘key1’: ‘geeks’, ‘key2’: ‘for’}

Code #2: Using update() method

dict = {'key1':'geeks', 'key2':'for'
print("Current Dict is: ", dict
# adding dict1 (key3, key4 and key5) to dict 
dict1 = {'key3':'geeks', 'key4':'is', 'key5':'fabulous'
# by assigning 
dict.update(newkey1 ='portal'


Current Dict is: {‘key2’: ‘for’, ‘key1’: ‘geeks’}
{‘newkey1’: ‘portal’, ‘key4’: ‘is’, ‘key2’: ‘for’, ‘key1’: ‘geeks’, ‘key5’: ‘fabulous’, ‘key3’: ‘geeks’}

Code #3: Taking Key:value as input

# Let's add key:value to a dictionary, the functional way 
# Create your dictionary class 
class my_dictionary(dict): 
    # __init__ function 
    def __init__(self): 
        self = dict() 
    # Function to add key:value 
    def add(self, key, value): 
        self[key] = value 
# Main Function 
dict_obj = my_dictionary() 
# Taking input key = 1, value = Geek
dict_obj.key = input("Enter the key: ")
dict_obj.value = input("Enter the value: ")
dict_obj.add(dict_obj.key, dict_obj.value) 
dict_obj.add(2, 'forGeeks'


 {'1': 'Geeks', 2: 'forGeeks'}

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