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How to Reverse a List in Python Programming

reverse a list python

Python 3 comes with a built-in list method called reverse() that reverses an existing list.

num = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]


If we run the preceding code, we get the following output:

[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
[5, 4, 3, 2, 1]

Reverse a list without changing the original list

The reverse method alters the existing list. If you want to reverse a list without changing the original list, you will want to use the square bracket notation (slicing).

The following code example shows how to reverse a list in Python using square bracket notation:

num = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]


In the previous example, we print the list in reverse order without changing the original list.

Here is another example without using the reverse function:

num = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

num_reverse = num[::-1]


In this example, we reverse the num list using the square bracket notation. We also store the reverse list in a new variable called num_reverse.

The following code shows how to use for loop to iterate through a reverse list in Python:

num = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

for i in num[::-1]:

The syntax of the Python square bracket notation (slicing) is list(start, stop, step_count).

When reversing a list, we omit the start and stop index to get all list items. Then we put -1 in the third field to reverse the list.