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Python – Remove Key from Dictionary List

  • Last Updated : 01 Dec, 2021

Sometimes, while working with Python dictionaries, we can have a problem in which we need to remove a specific key from a dictionary list. This kind of problem is very common and has application in almost all domains includeing day-day programming and web development domain. Lets discuss certain ways in which this task can be performed.
Method #1 : Using loop + del 
The combination of above functions can be used to solve this problem. In this, we iterate for all the keys and delete the required key from each dictionary using del.
 

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# Python3 code to demonstrate working of
# Remove Key from Dictionary List
# Using loop + del
 
# initializing list
test_list = [{'Gfg' 1, 'id' : 2, 'best' : 8 },
             {'Gfg' 4, 'id' : 4, 'best'10},
             {'Gfg' 4, 'id' : 8, 'best'11}]
 
# printing original list
print("The original list is : " + str(test_list))
 
# initializing key
del_key = 'id'
 
# Remove Key from Dictionary List
# Using loop + del
for items in test_list:
    if del_key in items:
        del items[del_key]
 
# printing result
print("The modified list : " + str(test_list))
Output : 
The original list is : [{'best': 8, 'id': 2, 'Gfg': 1}, {'best': 10, 'id': 4, 'Gfg': 4}, {'best': 11, 'id': 8, 'Gfg': 4}]
The modified list : [{'best': 8, 'Gfg': 1}, {'best': 10, 'Gfg': 4}, {'best': 11, 'Gfg': 4}]

 

 
Method #2 : Using list comprehension + dictionary comprehension 
This is yet another way in which this task can be performed. In this, we reconstruct each dictionary removing out the specific key from it.
 

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# Python3 code to demonstrate working of
# Remove Key from Dictionary List
# Using list comprehension + dictionary comprehension
 
# initializing list
test_list = [{'Gfg' 1, 'id' : 2, 'best' : 8 },
             {'Gfg' 4, 'id' : 4, 'best'10},
             {'Gfg' 4, 'id' : 8, 'best'11}]
 
# printing original list
print("The original list is : " + str(test_list))
 
# initializing key
del_key = 'id'
 
# Remove Key from Dictionary List
# Using list comprehension + dictionary comprehension
res = [{key : val for key, val in sub.items() if key != del_key} for sub in test_list]
 
# printing result
print("The modified list : " + str(res))
Output : 
The original list is : [{'best': 8, 'id': 2, 'Gfg': 1}, {'best': 10, 'id': 4, 'Gfg': 4}, {'best': 11, 'id': 8, 'Gfg': 4}]
The modified list : [{'best': 8, 'Gfg': 1}, {'best': 10, 'Gfg': 4}, {'best': 11, 'Gfg': 4}]

 




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