Decrement in while loop in Python

This tutorial will help you to understand how to do decrement in while loop in Python.

In programming, we use a loop to execute repeatedly a block of statements until a specific condition (loop-control statement) is met. In Python, we have two different types of loop. Those are –

  • while loop
  • for loop

In a while loop, we can execute the statements inside it’s loop body repeatedly as long as the loop control statement is true.

Syntax – while loop

while (loop-control statement):

#loop body


How to perform decrement in while loop in Python

If the loop-control statement is true, Python interpreter will start the executions of the loop body statement(s). After that, we need to use an Arithmetic Operator/Counter to increment or decrement it’s value. After incrementing/decrementing it’ll again check the loop-control statement whether it’s true or not.  If the loop-control statement is still true it’ll run the statements inside the loop body again otherwise it’ll exit from the loop. In this article, I’ll discuss about decrement in a while loop in Python. To understand this concept let’s take an example:

while (n>=0):     #loop control-statememt
    print (n)     #loop body
    n-=1          #decrementing the value by 1

Output :


In this above example, the value of variable n is 10. Then we started a while loop with a condition that it should run the loop until the value variable of n becomes zero. Inside the loop body, we gave only two instructions. The first one is to print the value of n and the second one is to decrement the value of n by 1. And so the output came like this starting from 10 to 0.

I hope now you are familiar with the concept decrement in while loop in Python.

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2 responses to “Decrement in while loop in Python”

  1. BRUNO says:

    Hi i have a question to ask you about while loop
    I have 2 examples here hope you can explain to me !

    a = 1
    b = 10
    While a< b:
    a+=1 #increment at top
    Output : 2,3,4,5,6….

    a = 1
    b = 10
    While a< b:
    A = a+1 # increment at bottom

    Output : 1,2,3,4,5,6…

    Can you explain why i put the increment at the top the output start from 2 but when i put at the bottom it starts from 1
    Pleas help!!!

    • jaz says:

      HI, in example one with the increment on top – the variable “a” is being incremented BEFORE printing.
      consider it this way: your program enters in to the loop while a = 1. the FIRST step of the loop is to ADD 1 to a, amking a = 2. the NEXT step of the loop is to print. therefore the loop will never print 1.
      in your second example, you are printing BEFORE incrementing so that is why the original value a = 1 is being printed.

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