 # Convert Tuple to List

Problem: Given a Python tuple with `n` elements. How to convert it into a list with the same `n` elements?

Examples:

• Convert tuple `(1, 2, 3, 4, 5)` into list `[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]`.
• Convert tuple `('Alice', 'Bob', 'Ann')` into list `['Alice', 'Bob', 'Ann']`.
• Convert tuple `(1,)` into list ``.

Note Tuple: Tuples are similar to lists—with the difference that you cannot change the tuple values (tuples are immutable) and you use parentheses rather than square brackets.

Solution: Use the built-in Python `list()` function to convert a list into a tuple. You don’t need to import any external library.

Code: The following code converts the three given tuples into lists.

```tuple_1 = (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
print(list(tuple_1))
# [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

tuple_2 = ('Alice', 'Bob', 'Ann')
print(list(tuple_2))
# ['Alice', 'Bob', 'Ann']

tuple_3 = (1,)
print(list(tuple_3))
# 
```

Try It Yourself: With our interactive code shell, you can try it yourself. As a small exercise, try to convert the empty tuple `()` into a list and see what happens.

Explanation: You can see that converting a tuple with one element leads to a list with one element. The `list()` function is the easiest way to convert a tuple into a list. Note that the values in the tuple are not copied—only a new reference to the same element is created:

The graphic also shows how to convert a tuple back to a list by using the `tuple()` function (that’s also a Python built-in function). Thus, calling `list(tuple(lst))` on a list `lst` will result in a new list with the same elements.

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