Last modified: February 04, 2021

How to Append Multiple Items to List in Python

In today's tutorial, we'll learn how to append multiple items to a list.

1. Using the append() method

The append() method adds a single element to an existing list.
To add multiple elements, we need:

1. iterate over the elements list.
2. append each element.

Let's see the example:


my_list = ["DJANGO"]

for i in ["PYTHON", "PHP"]:
    my_list.append(i)

print(my_list)

So, in the above code, we try to append ["PYTHON", "PHP"] to my_list by:

1. iterate over ["PYTHON", "PHP"].
2. append element to my_list using the append() method.

output

['DJANGO', 'PYTHON', 'PHP']

2. Using '+' operator

Another way is using the '+' operator.


my_list = ["DJANGO"]

new_list = my_list + ["PYTHON", "PHP"]

#print
print(new_list)

output

['DJANGO', 'PYTHON', 'PHP']

3. Using extend() method

The extend() method adds list elements to the current list.


my_list = ["DJANGO"]

#append to the list
my_list.extend(["PYTHON", "PHP"])

#print
print(my_list)

output

['DJANGO', 'PYTHON', 'PHP']

Real example

Now, I'll give you an example in which we'll split a string into a list and append the list to an existing list.


#my list    
my_list = ["DJANGO"]

#my string
my_string = "Hello PYTHON and PHP"

#Split the String
split_s = my_string.split(' ') #output ['Hello', 'PYTHON', 'and', 'PHP']

#append the result to my_list
my_list.extend(split_s)

print(my_list)

output

['DJANGO', 'Hello', 'PYTHON', 'and', 'PHP']