List Count Function in Python

Python count() function is used to return the occurrence of the given object in the specified list.

For example, we have the following list:

a_list = [“p”,”y”,”t”,”h”,”o”,”n”,”p”,”y”,”p”]


if we require knowing how many times item “p” occurred in that list then we may use the count() function as follows:


Syntax for using the count function

Following is the general syntax of using the Python count function:


See the following examples for using the count function.

A simple example of counting the occurrence of an object

For the example, I have used the same list as in the introduction section. The program will return the number of times “p” and “y” objects occur in the list. Have a look at the code and output:

#An Demo of count function

a_list = ["p","y","t","h","o","n","p","y","p"]

print("Total count of 'p' = " ,a_list.count("p"))

print("Total count of 'y' = " ,a_list.count("y"))

The Output

Total count of ‘p’ =  3

Total count of ‘y’ =  2


What if you require counting of each element in a list?

For getting the count of each element of the list, you may use the Counter subclass. See an example below where a list is created and the occurrence of each list element is returned:

#An Demo of count function

from collections import Counter

pro_list = ['Python', 'HTML', 'JavaScript', 'Java', 'Python', 'HTML', 'CSS', 'Python', 'CSS', 'C-Sharp']


The output of above code is:

Counter({‘Python’: 3, ‘CSS’: 2, ‘HTML’: 2, ‘C-Sharp’: 1, ‘Java’: 1, ‘JavaScript’: 1})

For learning more about using the Counter subclass, you may visit this tutorial: Python Counter subclass.

Getting the total count of a list

If you need to get the total number of elements in a list then use the len() function. The len function takes an argument that can be a list or other sequences like tuple, dict etc.

As of our topic, for getting the total count of a list, the example below shows how you can do that:

#An Demo of list count

a_list = ["a","z","b","y","f","g","s",10,"t",15,"y","z"]

print("Total Number of elements in the list:" , len(a_list))

The output:

Python list count

You can see, the len() returned the total count of elements in the list. For more on len(), visit its tutorial: the len() function.

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