The range() function returns a sequence of numbers based on the given range.


range(start = 0, stop)
range(start = 0, stop, step = 1)
  • stop (required): specifies where the range will stop, ending at stop - 1 due to zero-based indexing.
  • start (optional): specifies where the range will start, defaulting at 0.
  • step (optional): specifies how many steps are taken between indexes, defaulting to 1.


Here, two variables are created. One with the range set to stop before 5. The other is set to start at 5 and stop before 11. Both are converted to lists before being printed.

x = range(5)
y = range(5, 11)
print("x: ", list(x))
print("y: ", list(y))

The output from the code above would look like this:

x: [0,1,2,3,4]
y: [5,6,7,8,9,10]

Codebyte Example

In the example below, the range is set to 10 and increments by 10, stopping before 60:



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