# How does concatenation operator work on list in Python?

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The concatenation operator creates a new list in Python using the initial lists in the order they were added in. This is not an inplace operation.

## example

list1 = [1, 2, 3]
list2 = ['a', 'b']
list3 = list1 + list2
print(list3)

## Output

This will give the output −

[1, 2, 3, 'a', 'b']

There are other ways to concatenate 2 lists. Easiest is to use the extend function, if you want to extend the list in place.

## example

list1 = [1, 2, 3]
list2 = ['a', 'b']
list1.extend(list2)
print(list1)

## Output

This will give the output −

[1, 2, 3, 'a', 'b']

You can also use unpacking operator * to create list from 2 lists. This can be used only in Python 3.5+.

## Example

list1 = [1, 2, 3]
list2 = ['a', 'b']
list3 = [*list1, *list2]
print(list3)

## Output

This will give the output −

[1, 2, 3, 'a', 'b']
Published on 05-Jan-2018 15:49:37