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Python | Reversing a Tuple

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  • Last Updated : 27 Dec, 2017
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As we know that in Python, tuples are immutable, thus it cannot be changed or altered. This provides us with limited ways of reversing a tuple, unlike a list. We will go through few techniques on how a tuple in python can be reversed.

Input : tuples = ('z','a','d','f','g','e','e','k')
Output : ('k', 'e', 'e', 'g', 'f', 'd', 'a', 'z')

Input : tuples = (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
Output : (15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10)

Method 1: Using the slicing technique.
In this technique, a copy of the tuple is made and the tuple is not sorted in-place. Since tuples are immutable, there is no way to reverse a tuple in-place. Creating a copy requires more space to hold all of the existing elements. Therefore, this exhausts memory.

# Reversing a tuple using slicing technique
# New tuple is created
def Reverse(tuples):
    new_tup = tuples[::-1]
    return new_tup
# Driver Code
tuples = ('z','a','d','f','g','e','e','k')


('k', 'e', 'e', 'g', 'f', 'd', 'a', 'z')

Method 2: Using the reversed() built-in function.
In this method, we do not make any copy of the tuple. Instead, we get a reverse iterator which we use to cycle through the tuple, similar to the list.

# Reversing a list using reversed()
def Reverse(tuples):
    new_tup = ()
    for k in reversed(tuples):
        new_tup = new_tup + (k,)
    print new_tup
# Driver Code
tuples = (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)


(15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10)

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