# How to Access the Last Item in a List in Python

🗓 January 11, 2020 | 👱 By: Hugh

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my_list = [10,20,30,40,50]
print("Last number is:", list[-1])

And the output:

Last number is: 50

# What just happened?

Basically, using a negative index will start moving backwards through the list from the end. So to get the second last item would be:

print("Second last number is:", list[-2])
# Output:
# Second last number is: 40

And likewise, to get the last two items:

print("Last two numbers:", list[-2:])
# Output:
# Last two numbers: [40, 50]