How to Remove an Element From a Python List by Index?

Want to remove an element at a given position i in a list a?

Simply use the del a[i] operation to remove the element at index position i.

Here’s the Python code example:

a = [0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]

del a[2]
print(a)
# [0, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]

del a[0]
print(a)
# [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]

del a[-1]
print(a)
# [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]

del a[2:4]
print(a)
# [1, 3, 6, 7, 8]

del a[::-1]
print(a)
# []

This is the easiest way of removing a list element at a certain position. You can even use slicing to remove a whole subsequence of the list. For example, the slice operation del a[2:4] removes the elements with indices 2 and 3 from the list a.

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