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Find the size of a list – Python

  • Last Updated : 17 May, 2020

In Python, a list is a collection data type that can store elements in an ordered manner and can also have duplicate elements. The size of a list means the amount of memory (in bytes) occupied by a list object. In this article, we will learn various ways to get the size of a python list.

1.Using getsizeof() function:

The getsizeof() function belongs to the python’s sys module. It has been implemented in the below example.

Example 1:




import sys
  
# sample lists
list1 = [1, 2, 3, 5]
list2 = ["GeeksForGeeks", "Data Structure", "Algorithms"]
list3 = [1, "Geeks", 2, "For", 3, "Geeks"]
  
# print the sizes of sample lists
print("Size of list1: " + str(sys.getsizeof(list1)) + "bytes")
print("Size of list2: " + str(sys.getsizeof(list2)) + "bytes")
print("Size of list3: " + str(sys.getsizeof(list3)) + "bytes")

Output:

Size of list1: 96bytes
Size of list1: 88bytes
Size of list1: 112bytes

Note:The sys.getsizeof() function includes the marginal space usage, which includes the garbage collection overhead for the object. Meaning it returns the total space occupied by the object in addition to the garbage collection overhead for the spaces being used.

1.Using inbuilt __sizeof__() method:

Python also has an inbuilt __sizeof__() method to determine the space allocation of an object without any additional garbage value. It has been implemented in the below example.
Example 2:




# sample lists
list1 = [1, 2, 3, 5]
list2 = ["GeeksForGeeks", "Data Structure", "Algorithms"]
list3 = [1, "Geeks", 2, "For", 3, "Geeks"]
  
# print the sizes of the sample lists
print("Size of list1: " + str(list1.__sizeof__()) + "bytes")
print("Size of list2: " + str(list2.__sizeof__()) + "bytes")
print("Size of list3: " + str(list3.__sizeof__()) + "bytes")

Output:

Size of list1: 72bytes
Size of list1: 64bytes
Size of list1: 88bytes

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