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Python enumerate() function

Updated: Oct 4, 2019

Enumerate is built in function of Python. Basically, enumerate() allows you to loop over a collection of items while keeping track of the current item’s index in a counter variable.

Let’s take a look at an example:

name_list = ['Sam', 'Bob', 'Joy']
for index, value in enumerate(name_list):
    print(f'{index}: {value}')                                                 
0: SAM
1: Bob
2: Joy

As you can see, enumerate() iterated over the name_list and generated an index for each element by increasing a counter variable starting at zero.

You can also create tuples containing the index and list item using a list . Here is an example

name_list = ['Sam', 'Bob', 'Joy']
list_tuple = enumerate(name_list):

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