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Tuples in Python
  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 18 Dec, 2017

A Tuple is a collection of Python objects separated by commas. In someways a tuple is similar to a list in terms of indexing, nested objects and repetition but a tuple is immutable unlike lists which are mutable.

Creating Tuples

# An empty tuple
empty_tuple = ()
print (empty_tuple)



# Creating non-empty tuples
# One way of creation
tup = 'python', 'geeks'
# Another for doing the same
tup = ('python', 'geeks')


('python', 'geeks')
('python', 'geeks')

Note: In case your generating a tuple with a single element, make sure to add a comma after the element.


Concatenation of Tuples

# Code for concatenating 2 tuples
tuple1 = (0, 1, 2, 3)
tuple2 = ('python', 'geek')
# Concatenating above two
print(tuple1 + tuple2)


(0, 1, 2, 3, 'python', 'geek')


Nesting of Tuples

# Code for creating nested tuples
tuple1 = (0, 1, 2, 3)
tuple2 = ('python', 'geek')
tuple3 = (tuple1, tuple2)

Output :

((0, 1, 2, 3), ('python', 'geek'))


Repetition in Tuples

# Code to create a tuple with repetition
tuple3 = ('python',)*3


 ('python', 'python', 'python')

Try the above without a comma and check. You will get tuple3 as a string ‘pythonpythonpython’.


Immutable Tuples

#code to test that tuples are immutable
tuple1 = (0, 1, 2, 3)
tuple1[0] = 4


Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 3, in
TypeError: 'tuple' object does not support item assignment


Slicing in Tuples

# code to test slicing
tuple1 = (0 ,1, 2, 3)


(1, 2, 3)
(3, 2, 1, 0)
(2, 3)


Deleting a Tuple

# Code for deleting a tuple
tuple3 = ( 0, 1)
del tuple3


Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 6, in <module>
NameError: name 'tuple3' is not defined


(0, 1)


Finding Length of a Tuple

# Code for printing the length of a tuple
tuple2 = ('python', 'geek')




Converting list to a Tuple

# Code for converting a list and a string into a tuple
list1 = [0, 1, 2]
print(tuple('python')) # string 'python'


(0, 1, 2)
('p', 'y', 't', 'h', 'o', 'n')

Takes a single parameter which may be a list,string,set or even a dictionary( only keys are taken as elements) and converts them to a tuple.


Tuples in a loop

#python code for creating tuples in a loop
tup = ('geek',)
n = 5  #Number of time loop runs
for i in range(int(n)):
    tup = (tup,)

Output :



Using cmp(), max() , min()

# A python program to demonstrate the use of 
# cmp(), max(), min()
tuple1 = ('python', 'geek')
tuple2 = ('coder', 1)
if (cmp(tuple1, tuple2) != 0):
    # cmp() returns 0 if matched, 1 when not tuple1 
    # is longer and -1 when tuple1 is shoter
    print('Not the same')
print ('Maximum element in tuples 1,2: ' + 
        str(max(tuple1)) +  ',' + 
print ('Minimum element in tuples 1,2: ' + 
     str(min(tuple1)) + ','  + str(min(tuple2)))


Not the same
Maximum element in tuples 1,2: python,coder
Minimum element in tuples 1,2: geek,1

Note: max() and min() checks the based on ASCII values. If there are two strings in a tuple, then the first different character in the strings are checked.

This article is contributed by Sri Sanketh Uppalapati. Please write comments if you find anything incorrect, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above.

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