In this post, we will learn about what is list comprehension, Syntax of list comprehension, list comprehension with an if statement, list comprehension with the if-else statement, nested list comprehension, and so on.

So let’s start learning from the very basics

What is List Comprehension?

List comprehension is short-hand to create a new list from an existing list or iterable.

Basically, List comprehension helps you to create a new list from an existing list in just one line.

NOTE: You can also create a completely new list using list comprehension.

Now let us create a list of squares from 1 to 10 without using list comprehension and with using list comprehension for your understanding.

Without using list comprehension:

sq_list = []

for i in range(1,11):



[1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49, 64, 81, 100]

With using list comprehension:

sq_list = [i**2 for i in range(1,11)]


[1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49, 64, 81, 100]

Creating a List of squares from 1 to 10 using list comprehension is much easier and simpler because we did it in just one line whereas we write 3-4 lines of code without using list comprehension.

Syntax of List Comprehension

my_list = [expression for i in iterable if condition == True]

expressionmeans what you want to append in the list.

For Example:

List Comprehension with if-statement

Create a list of even numbers from existing list my_list = [45,12,67,8,2,6,90,13,15]

my_list = [45,12,67,8,2,6,90,13,15]

my_list2 = [i for i in my_list if i%2 == 0]



[12, 8, 2, 6, 90]

Examples for practice

Filter integer or float numbers from the list

l1 = ['harsh',3,'roy','nil',1.1,25,2.1]

l2 = [i for i in l1 if (type(i) == int or type(i) == float)]



[3, 1.1, 25, 2.1]

Create a list that contains the first character of an existing list.

my_fruit = ['Apple','Banana','Orange','Mango']

my_fruit2 = [i[0] for i in my_fruit]



['A', 'B', 'O', 'M']

List Comprehension with if-else statement

Syntax of List comprehension with if-else statement


mixed_list = ['Apple','Banana',12,15,7,2,3,'Orange','Mango']

# if type is equal to int then append square of the number
# otherwise append first character of string
mixed_list2 = [i**2 if type(i) == int else i[0] for i in mixed_list]


['A', 'B', 144, 225, 49, 4, 9, 'O', 'M']

Nested List Comprehension

In nested List comprehension we append the whole list.

l2 = [[i for i in range(3)] for j in range(3)]


[[0, 1, 2], [0, 1, 2], [0, 1, 2]]

Hi, I'm Yagyavendra Tiwari, a computer engineer with a strong passion for programming. I'm excited to share my programming knowledge with everyone here and help educate others in this field.

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