Python get keys from dict:

The keys() method returns a new view of the dictionary keys as a list referred as “dict_keys”.

Method signature

The signature for the keys() method is as shown below. Here, d refers to the dictionary and v is a view over the dictionary.


Method parameters and return type

  • The keys() method takes no parameters.
  • However, it returns a view object that displays keys as a list.

Python Dictionary keys Examples:

Example 1:

In this case, let us take a dictionary with numbers assigned to colour names. Here, we will extract all the keys as a list. Moreover, we can see list is named as dict_keys.

# Using keys method
print("View has ",v1)


View has  dict_keys([1, 2, 3])

Example 2:

Let us take a dictionary with numbers assigned to a list containing names in this example. Firstly, let us add the new key-value pair to the dictionary. As we can see, it automatically updates the view.

print("Before update view has ",v1)
#Adding new key value pair
print("After update view has ",v1)


Before update view has  dict_keys([1, 2, 3])
After update view has  dict_keys([1, 2, 3, 4])

Example 3:

We will take a dictionary with the department name and student name in this case. Here, we will delete the key “Comp”. As a result, changes are reflected in the view also.

# Using keys method
print("Before Delete view has ",v1)
print("After Delete view has ",v1)


Before Delete view has  dict_keys(['Comp', 'IT', 'EXTC'])
After Delete view has  dict_keys(['IT', 'EXTC'])


The keys() method extracts keys from the dictionary as a list. Just because this is a view over the dictionary. So, all the updates made to the dictionary are also reflected in the view.


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