How to Use Dictionary in Python

In this example, we will learn how to use the dictionary in Python. A dictionary is a variable container model that can store any type of object in the format of <key, values> sequence.


  • Each key value of the dictionary (key=>value) is split with a colon (:), each pair is separated by a comma (,), and the entire dictionary is enclosed in curly braces ({}) in the following format:
d = {key1 : value1, key2 : value2}

Where the key must be unique, but the value is not necessary to be unique.

  • Values can take any data type, but the keys must be immutable, such as strings, numbers, or tuples. The sample code is as follows:
dict = {'City': 'New York', 'Year': '1995', 'Zipcode': '10001'}

Access Element

One can use the key to access the value corresponding to the key.

# -*- coding: UTF-8 -*-

dict = {'Name': 'Runoob', 'Age': 7, 'Class': 'First'}

print ("dict['Name']: ", dict['Name'])
print ("dict['Age']: ", dict['Age'])


dict['Name']:  John
dict['Age']:  23


There are three ways to delete data in a dictionary:

  • Delete key
  • Clear dictionary
  • Delete dictionary

Source Code

Based on the description above, a few simple examples are given below to help your understanding on creation, access and deletion of dictionary.

#! /usr/bin/env python3
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

# !/usr/bin/python3

dict = {'Name': 'John', 'Age': 23, 'Class': 'First'}

print("dict['Name']: ", dict['Name'])
print("dict['Age']: ", dict['Age'])

# Delete Name
del dict['Name']
print('the length of dict after del name  is ',len(dict))

# clear the dict

# printf info


dict['Name']:  John
dict['Age']:  23
the length of dict after del name  is  2


  • The same key is not allowed to appear twice in dictionary. If the same key is assigned twice when creating dictionary, the latter value will be stored for the key.
  • The key must be immutable in dictionary. It can be numbers, strings, or tuples, but lists are not allowed as dictionary keys.
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