# Python – Sort List items on basis of their Digits

• Last Updated : 05 Sep, 2020

Given List of elements, perform sorting on basis of digits of numbers.

Input : test_list = [434, 211, 12, 3]
Output : [12, 211, 3, 434]
Explanation : 3 < 12, still later in list, as initial digit, 1 < 3. Hence sorted by digits rather than number.

Input : test_list = [534, 211, 12, 7]
Output : [12, 211, 534, 7]
Explanation : 7 < 534, still later in list, as initial digit, 5 < 7. Hence sorted by digits rather than number.

Method #1 : Using map() + str() + ljust() + sorted()

In this, the list elements are converted into string using map() and str(), ljust() is used to append constant character to make each number equal length. Then sort is performed using sorted().

## Python3

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate working of ``# Sort List by Digits``# Using map() + str() + ljust() + sorted()`` ` `# initializing list``test_list ``=` `[``434``, ``211``, ``12``, ``54``, ``3``]`` ` `# printing original list``print``(``"The original list is : "` `+` `str``(test_list))`` ` `# converting elements to string ``temp1 ``=` `map``(``str``, test_list)`` ` `# getting max length``max_len ``=` `max``(``map``(``len``, temp1))`` ` `# performing sort operation``res ``=` `sorted``(test_list, key ``=` `lambda` `idx : (``str``(idx).ljust(max_len, ``'a'``)))`` ` `# printing result ``print``(``"List after sorting : "` `+` `str``(res))`

Output

```The original list is : [434, 211, 12, 54, 3]
List after sorting : [12, 211, 3, 434, 54]

```

Method #2 : Using list comprehension + sorted() + lambda

In this, we as parameter to sorted(),  pass a list of digits. Performing sort according to that gives desired results.

## Python3

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate working of ``# Sort List by Digits``# Using list comprehension + sorted() + lambda`` ` `# initializing list``test_list ``=` `[``434``, ``211``, ``12``, ``54``, ``3``]`` ` `# printing original list``print``(``"The original list is : "` `+` `str``(test_list))`` ` `# performing sort operation``# converting number to list of Digits``res ``=` `sorted``(test_list, key ``=` `lambda` `ele: [``int``(j) ``for` `j ``in` `str``(ele)])`` ` `# printing result ``print``(``"List after sorting : "` `+` `str``(res))`

Output

```The original list is : [434, 211, 12, 54, 3]
List after sorting : [12, 211, 3, 434, 54]

```

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