# Write a Python program to sum all the items in a list | Example code

If the given list has a number then use the sum() function to sum all the items in a list. You can write your own Python program to sum all the items in a list using a while loop or for loop with a + operator.

## Python program to sum all the items in a list

Simple example code to add all the numbers using python’s sum() function

``````a = [4, 5, 89, 5, 33, 2244, 56]
a_total = sum(a)

print("Sum:", a_total)
``````

Output:

Using for loop

``````items = [4, 5, 89, 5, 33, 2244, 56]
sum_numbers = 0

for x in items:
sum_numbers += x

print(sum_numbers)
``````

Output: 2436

Using while() loop

``````items = [4, 5, 89, 5, 56]
total = 0
ele = 0

while ele < len(items):
total = total + items[ele]
ele += 1

print(total)
``````

Output: 159

Do comment if you have any doubts or suggestions on this Python list topic.

Note: IDE: PyCharm 2021.3.3 (Community Edition)

Windows 10

Python 3.10.1

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