Sort List of Dictionaries in Python (2 Examples)


In this post you’ll learn how to sort a list of dictionaries in the Python programming language.

The tutorial will contain the following content blocks:

Let’s take a look at some Python codes in action!


Example Data and Importing Modules

For one of the examples, we need to utilize the operator module. You can import it as follows.

from operator import itemgetter                                # importing itemgetter from operator module

As a next step, we’ll also need to create some example data, which is a list of dictionaries.

room_list = [{"room_no":315, "type":"A", "price":80},          # creating example list
            {"room_no":100, "type":"B", "price":80}, 
            {"room_no":210, "type":"C", "price":35}]


Example 1: Sort List of Dictionaries in Python by Lambda Expression

Example 1 demonstrates how to use a lambda expression to sort a list of dictionaries. In this case, it is used for specifying the reference field, which is “price” in this case, in sorting.

price_sorted = sorted(room_list, key=lambda d: d['price'])     # creating a sorted list
print(price_sorted)                                            # printing sorted list
# [{'room_no': 210, 'type': 'C', 'price': 35}, 
# {'room_no': 315, 'type': 'A', 'price': 80}, 
# {'room_no': 100, 'type': 'B', 'price': 80}]


Example 2: Sort List of Dictionaries in Python by itemgetter() Function

Example 2 illustrates how to use the itemgetter() function, which essentially does the same thing as the code in Example 1. However, it is part of the operator module, and it can sort our list with respect to multiple fields.

room_no_sorted = sorted(room_list, key=itemgetter('price','room_no')) # creating a sorted list
print(room_no_sorted)                                                 # printing sorted list
# [{'room_no': 210, 'type': 'C', 'price': 35}, 
# {'room_no': 100, 'type': 'B', 'price': 80}, 
# {'room_no': 315, 'type': 'A', 'price': 80}]


Video, Further Resources & Summary

Would you like to know more about the sorting of a list of dictionaries? Then I recommend having a look at the following video on my YouTube channel. I’m demonstrating the Python codes of this tutorial in the video.


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In this Python programming tutorial, you have learned how to create a sorted list of dictionaries in Python. Please tell me about it in the comments if you have further questions.


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