# Python checks if two lists have common elements | Example code

A basic way to check if two lists have common elements is using the traversal of lists in Python. You can check single match or all element match between 2 lists.

Or by converting the lists to sets and using the intersection operation, you can easily find the common elements between them.

## Python checks if two lists have common elements

Simple example code where given two lists a, b. Check if two lists have at least one element common in them or all elements are the same.

Check if two lists have at least one element common

Using for loop

``````def common_ele(list1, list2):
res = False

# traverse in the 1st list
for x in list1:

# traverse in the 2nd list
for y in list2:

# if one common
if x == y:
res = True
return res

return res

a = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
b = [6, 7, 8, 9, 5]
print(common_ele(a, b))
``````

Using Set Intersection

set.intersection will find any common elements:

``````def common_ele(list1, list2):
a_set = set(a)
b_set = set(b)
if len(a_set.intersection(b_set)) > 0:
return True
return False

a = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
b = [6, 7, 8, 9, 5]
print(common_ele(a, b))
``````

Output: True

Check if Python List Contains All Elements of Another List

Use the all() method.

``````List1 = ['python', 'JS', 'c#', 'go', 'c', 'c++']
List2 = ['c#', 'Java', 'python']

check = all(item in List1 for item in List2)

if check:
print("Both list same")
else:
print("No, lists are not same.")
``````

Output:

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