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How To Get the Last Element of a List in Python

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Python lists support negative index values. The negative one (-1) is always the last element of the list.

With that in mind, to get the last element of a list in python, we use the square bracket notation as follows:


The following Python example shows how it works:

colors = ['white','red', 'green', 'blue']
last_element  = colors[-1]


Negative index values count from right to left, where -1 is the last index, -2 is the second-to-last index, and so on.

The following example shows how to get the element before the last one:

colors = ['white','red', 'green', 'blue']


In Python, using 0 as the index value is always guaranteed to return the last element in the list and -1 always returns the last element in the list.