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Sort the Pandas DataFrame by two or more columns

  • Last Updated : 17 Aug, 2020

In this article, our basic task is to sort the data frame based on two or more columns. For this, Dataframe.sort_values() method is used. This method sorts the data frame in Ascending or Descending order according to the columns passed inside the function.
First, Let’s Create a Dataframe:


#import python library
import pandas as pd
# dictionary
data_frame = {
       'name': ['Akash Kumar', 'Diksha Tewari',
                'Bhawna Gourh', 'Ayush Sharma'],
        'age': [20, 21, 22, 23],
        'favorite_color': ['black', 'Yellow'
                           'Pink', "Orange"],
        'grade': [88, 92, 95, 70]
# create data frame with indexing
df = pd.DataFrame(data_frame, 
                  index = [1, 2, 3, 4])
# printing the dataframe



Example 1: Sort Dataframe based on ‘age'(in descending order) and ‘grade’ (in ascending order) column.  


# sort the dataframe
# based on age and grade
df.sort_values(['age', 'grade'],
              ascending = [False, True])


sorted dataframe based on age and grade

Example 2: Sort Dataframe based on ‘name’ and ‘favorite_color’ column in ascending order.


# sort the dataframe based 
# on name and favorite_colr
df.sort_values(['name', 'favorite_color'], 


sorted dataframe based on name and color

 Example 3: In-place sorting of Dataframe based on ‘grade’ and ‘favorite_color’ column. In case of in-place sorting, Dataframe.sort_values() method returns nothing it performs changes in the actual dataframe.


df.sort_values(["grade", "favorite_color"], 
               axis = 0, ascending = True
               inplace = True,
               na_position ='first')
# printing the dataframe


sorted dataframe based on grade and favorite color

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