# Python 3 Ordered Dictionary (OrderedDict) with example

### Ordered Dictionary in python 3 with example :

Ordered Dictionary or *OrderedDict* is subclass of *Dictionary* in python . It acts similar to a dictionary, i.e. it will have all the methods than a dictionary have. Only difference is that it remembers the *order* how the keys are inserted to the dictionary. If you enter one value with a same *key* previously entered, it will remove the previous value and enter the new value at *last*. Let’s take a look into the difference between one *OrderedDict* and *normal dictionary* with an example :

### Python Example to show how OrderedDict works :

For one normal dictionary :

normal_dict = {} normal_dict['1'] = "one" normal_dict['2'] = "two" normal_dict['3'] = "three" normal_dict['4'] = "four" normal_dict['5'] = "five" print("Printing normal Dictionary : ") for key,value in normal_dict.items(): print("key : {0},value : {1}".format(key,value))

The output is :

key : 1,value : one key : 3,value : three key : 2,value : two key : 5,value : five key : 4,value : four

So, the key,value pairs are *not ordered* as they are entered. Now, let’s take a look for the Ordered Dictionary :

import collections ordered_dict = collections.OrderedDict() ordered_dict['1'] = "one" ordered_dict['2'] = "two" ordered_dict['3'] = "three" ordered_dict['4'] = "four" ordered_dict['5'] = "five" print("Printing Ordered Dictionary : ") for key,value in ordered_dict.items(): print("key : {0},value : {1}".format(key,value))

The output is :

key : 1,value : one key : 2,value : two key : 3,value : three key : 4,value : four key : 5,value : five

The key,value pairs are printed same way they entered.

### Pop an item in Ordered Dict :

We can pop an item from an *OrderedDict* using *popitem* method. *popitem(last=True)* method is used to pop an item. The flag *last* is a *boolean flag*. If last is *true*, the pairs are returned in *LIFO* order. Else returned in *FIFO* order. Let’s try to understand this with an example :

import collections ordered_dict = collections.OrderedDict() ordered_dict['1'] = "one" ordered_dict['2'] = "two" ordered_dict['3'] = "three" ordered_dict['4'] = "four" ordered_dict['5'] = "five" print("pop value with True flag {} ".format(ordered_dict.popitem(True))) print("pop value with False flag {} ".format(ordered_dict.popitem(False)))

### Output :

pop value with True flag ('5', 'five') pop value with False flag ('1', 'one')

### Comparing two Ordered Dictionary :

If we compare two *normal dictionaries*, it checks if all items are equal or not. For *Ordered Dictionary*, it also checks the order how the elements are added to both dictionaries. Let’s take a look :

### Example to compare two normal and ordered dictionaries :

import collections normal_dict1 = {} normal_dict2 = {} normal_dict1['1'] = "one" normal_dict1['2'] = "two" normal_dict1['3'] = "three" normal_dict1['4'] = "four" normal_dict1['5'] = "five" normal_dict2['2'] = "two" normal_dict2['1'] = "one" normal_dict2['4'] = "four" normal_dict2['3'] = "three" normal_dict2['5'] = "five" ordered_dict1 = collections.OrderedDict() ordered_dict2 = collections.OrderedDict() ordered_dict1['1'] = "one" ordered_dict1['2'] = "two" ordered_dict1['3'] = "three" ordered_dict1['4'] = "four" ordered_dict1['5'] = "five" ordered_dict2['2'] = "two" ordered_dict2['1'] = "one" ordered_dict2['4'] = "four" ordered_dict2['3'] = "three" ordered_dict2['5'] = "five" if normal_dict1 == normal_dict2 : print("Normal dictionaries are equal.") else : print("Normal dictionaries are not equal.") if ordered_dict1 == ordered_dict2 : print("Ordered dictionaries are equal.") else : print("Ordered dictionaries are not equal.")

### Output :

Normal dictionaries are equal. Ordered dictionaries are not equal.

So, the order is equally important for *Ordered dictionaries* if you are comparing two.

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