Python Tuples

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on tumblr

In this Python tutorial, let us know about accessing values in tuples, updating tuples or remove elements in a Python tuple using the Python script with suitable examples.

Introduction of Python tuples

A tuple is a sequence of immutable Python objects like lists. The differences between tuples and lists are, the tuples cannot be changed unlike lists and tuples use parentheses, whereas lists use square brackets.

For Example

tup1 = ('physics', 'chemistry', 1997, 2000);
tup2 = (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 );
tup3 = "a", "b", "c", "d";

An empty tuple is written as the following,

tup1 = ();

A tuple containing a single value,

tup1 = (50,);

Accessing Values in Tuples

Use the square brackets for slicing along with the index to obtain value available to access the values in tuples.

Example code to access values 

tup1 = ('physics', 'chemistry', 1997, 2000);
tup2 = (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 );
print "tup1[0]: ", tup1[0];
print "tup2[1:5]: ", tup2[1:5];


tup1[0]: physics
tup2[1:5]: [2, 3, 4, 5]

Updating the Tuples

We can take portions of existing tuples to create new tuples as like the following,

Example code to update the tuples

tup1 = (12, 34.56);
tup2 = ('abc', 'xyz');
# Following action is not valid for tuples
# tup1[0] = 100;
# So let's create a new tuple as follows
tup3 = tup1 + tup2;
print tup3;


(12, 34.56, 'abc', 'xyz')

Delete Elements in Tuple

To remove an entire tuple use the del statement.

Example code to delete elements in tuple

tup = ('physics', 'chemistry', 1997, 2000);
print tup;
del tup;
print "After deleting tup : ";
print tup;


('physics', 'chemistry', 1997, 2000)
After deleting tup :
Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "", line 9, in <module>
      print tup;
NameError: name 'tup' is not defined

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *