Python: remove() and pop()

Rahul S
3 min readOct 6, 2023

“pop” and “remove” have different meanings and behaviors depending on the programming language and data structure being used.


  • “Pop” is usually associated with stacks and queues, which are data structures that follow a specific order for adding and removing elements.
  • In a stack, “pop” typically means removing the top (most recently added) element from the stack. This follows the Last-In-First-Out (LIFO) principle.
  • In a queue, “pop” usually refers to removing the front (oldest) element from the queue. This follows the First-In-First-Out (FIFO) principle.
  • In Python, you can use the pop() method on a list to remove and return the last element by default, but you can also specify an index to pop from a specific position in the list.


  • “Remove” is a more generic term used for deleting an element from a data structure, such as a list or an array, based on a specific value or index.
  • The “remove” operation may involve searching for an element with a given value and then removing the first occurrence of that value.
  • In Python, you can use the remove() method on a list to remove the first occurrence of a specified value. You can also use the del statement to remove an element by index.