How to Remove Key From Dictionary in Python

1. Introduction

Sometimes, it's necessary to remove a specific key and its associated value from a dictionary, for reasons such as data cleanup, privacy concerns, or simply not needing the particular piece of data anymore.

A key in a dictionary is a unique identifier used to store and retrieve a value. When you remove a key from a dictionary, you also remove the key-value pair associated with that key.

2. Program Steps

1. Start with a dictionary containing some key-value pairs.

2. Determine the key you wish to remove from the dictionary.

3. Remove the key from the dictionary using the pop() method or the del statement.

4. Verify that the key has been removed.

5. Print the updated dictionary.

3. Code Program

# Initialize the dictionary
my_dict = {'name': 'John', 'age': 30, 'city': 'New York'}

# The key to remove
key_to_remove = 'age'

# Remove the key from the dictionary
# Use the pop method to remove the key while handling potential errors
removed_value = my_dict.pop(key_to_remove, None)

# Print the updated dictionary and the removed value, if any
print(f"Updated dictionary after removal: {my_dict}")
if removed_value is not None:
    print(f"Removed value: {removed_value}")


Updated dictionary after removal: {'name': 'John', 'city': 'New York'}
Removed value: 30


1. my_dict is a dictionary that initially contains three key-value pairs.

2. key_to_remove is set to 'age', which is the key we want to remove from my_dict.

3. The pop() method is used to remove key_to_remove from my_dict. It also returns the value associated with key_to_remove which we store in removed_value. If the key is not found, None is returned instead.

4. The print statement shows the dictionary after the removal of key_to_remove. Since pop() was used with error handling, there's no error even if the key didn't exist.

5. The conditional statement checks if removed_value is not None, and if so, prints the removed value, which is 30.