# Python Sort List Descending

To sort a list in descending order using the `sort()` method with parameter `reverse=True`. This method will order the list of strings in place, meaning that it will modify the original list and you won’t need to create a new list. You can also use the sorted() function to sort a list in descending order, this returns a new list after sorting. In this article, I will explain the python sort list descending by using the sort() method and sorted() function with examples.

## 1. Quick Examples of Sort List Descending

If you are in a hurry, below are some quick examples of the python sort list descending.

``````
# Below are the quick examples

# Example 1: Sort the list of alphabets in descending order
technology.sort(reverse=True)

# Example 2: Use Sorted() strings in descending order
technology = sorted(technology, reverse=True)

# Example 3: Sort a list of strings in descending order
def myFunc(e):
return len(e)
technology.sort(reverse=True, key=myFunc)

# Example 4: Sort a list of Integers in descending order
numbers = [4, 5, 9, 2, 7, 11]
numbers.sort(reverse=True)

# Example 5: Use sorted() to descending order
numbers = [4, 5, 9, 2, 7, 11]
numbers = sorted(numbers, reverse=True)

# Example 6: Sort string by integer value use key as int
strings = ['12','34','5','26','76','18','63']
strings.sort(reverse=True, key = int)

# Example 7: Sorting using user-defined order
def get_length(val):
return val[1]
# Create list of tupple
myList = [(3, 5), (6, 8), (2, 7)]
myList.sort(key=get_length, reverse=True)
``````

## 2. Sort List of Strings in Descending Order

To sort a list of strings in descending order, you can use the `sort()` method with the reverse argument set its value to `True`. Descending order is the opposite of ascending order where elements are arranged from highest to lowest value.

``````
# Sort the list of alphabets in descending order
technology.sort(reverse=True)
print(technology)

# Output:
# ['Spark', 'Pyspark', 'Pandas', 'NumPy', 'Java', 'Hadoop']
``````

## 3. Use Sorted() Strings in Descending Order

You can also use sorted() a list of strings in descending order, you can pass the `reverse=True` argument to the `sorted()` function. Descending order is the opposite of ascending order where elements are arranged from highest to lowest value (for string Z to A).

``````
# Use Sorted() strings in descending order
technology = sorted(technology, reverse=True)
print(technology)

# Output
# ['Spark', 'Pyspark', 'Pandas', 'NumPy', 'Java', 'Hadoop']
``````

## 4. Sort List of Strings by Length

You can pass the function to the key to sort a Python list in a custom order. For example, pass `key=myFunc` to sort a list of strings by length. You can also use the reverse parameter to specify whether the sort should be in descending order. The following example sorts the list of items based on their length in descending order.

``````
# Sort a list of strings in descending order
def myFunc(e):
return len(e)
technology.sort(reverse=True, key=myFunc)
print(technology)

# Output
# ['Pyspark', 'Hadoop', 'Pandas', 'Spark']
``````

## 5. Sort a List of Integers in Descending Order

You can use the `sort()` method and pass the `reverse=True` argument to sort a list of integers in descending order.

``````
# Sort a list of Integers in descending order
numbers = [4, 5, 9, 2, 7, 11]
numbers.sort(reverse=True)
print(numbers)

# Output
# [11, 9, 7, 5, 4, 2]
``````

Alternatively, you can use the built-in `sorted()` function and pass the `reverse=True` argument.

``````
# Use sorted() to descending order
numbers = [4, 5, 9, 2, 7, 11]
numbers = sorted(numbers, reverse=True)
print(numbers)

# Output
# [11, 9, 7, 5, 4, 2]
``````

Similarly, you can sort the list of strings in descending order by their integer value using the key argument of the sort method. The key argument is set to int, which means that the sort function will use the integer value of each string as the key for sorting.

``````
# Sort string by integer value use key as int
strings = ['12','34','5','26','76','18','63']
strings.sort(reverse=True, key = int)
print(strings)

# Output
# ['76', '63', '34', '26', '18', '12', '5']
``````

## 6. Use User-defined Descending Order

You can use the `sort()` function on the list List and sorts it in descending order based on the values returned by the `get_length()` function. This function takes a tuple as an argument and returns the second element of the tuple. The `sort()` method is used to sort the list of tuples, and the `key` argument is set to the `get_length()` function, which tells the sort method to use the second element of each tuple as the key for sorting. The `reverse=True` argument is used to sort the list in descending order.

``````
# Sorting using user-defined order
def get_length(val):
return val[1]

# Create list of tupple
myList = [(3, 5), (6, 8), (2, 7)]

# Sorts the array in descending order to
# get_length element
myList.sort(key=get_length, reverse=True)
print(myList)

# Output
# [(6, 8), (2, 7), (3, 5)]
``````

## Conclusion

In this article, I have explained how to sort lists in descending order in python, first, I have covered using `list.sort()` function and python built-in function `sorted()`.

Happy Learning !!

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### Malli

I am Mallikarjuna an experienced technical writer with a passion for translating complex Python concepts into clear, concise, and user-friendly documentation. Over the years, I have written hundreds of articles in Pandas, NumPy, Python, and I take pride in my ability to bridge the gap between technical experts and end-users by delivering well-structured, accessible, and informative content.