Get the last element of a list in Python

David Y.

The Problem

How do I get the last element of a list in Python?

The Solution

In Python, we can get the last element of a list using index notation. A positive index will give us a position in the list counting from the start, whereas a negative slice index will give us a position counting from the end. The last element is at index -1.

products = ["Apples", "Pears", "Oranges"] last_product = product[-1] # will be "Oranges"

Note that attempting to access the last element of an empty list will raise an IndexError exception.

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