Sort a List - Online List Tools (2023)

World's simplest list tool

This is a super simple browser-based application that sorts items in a list and arranges them in increasing or decreasing order. You can sort the items alphabetically, numerically, or by their length. You can also remove duplicate and empty items, as well as trim individual items that have whitespace around them. You can use any separator character to separate the input list items or alternatively use a regular expression to separate them. Additionally, you can create a new delimiter for the sorted output list. Created by list geeks from team Browserling.

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Input Item Separator

Delimit input list itemswith a character.

Delimit input list itemswith a regular expression.

Set a delimiting symbol orregular expression.

Sort Method

Select a sorting method.

Select sorting order.

Delete duplicate list items.

Delete no-character list items.

Remove spaces around items.

Sorted Item Separator

Use this symbol as a joinerbetween items in a sorted list.

List sorter tool What is a list sorter?

This online tool changes the order of all list items so that they are sorted. When it rearranges the items, they can go either in ascending or descending order. Since lists can contain anything, including letters and numbers, and items can have different lengths, you can switch between three sorting methods: alphabetical, numerical, and sorting by length. The alphabetical method rearranges all the items according to the positions of characters in the ASCII/Unicode table. The numerical method, sorts numbers based on their magnitude. If there are also letters or characters when the numerical method is used, then they are sorted in alphanumerical order. The sorting by length method counts the number of characters in each item and puts them either from the shortest to longest item, or from the longest to shortest item. You can switch between these sorting methods in the options as well as select the sort order of items there. Sometimes items in the list may contain whitespaces around them, so we also added an option to get rid of them and trim them. Additionally, you may remove duplicate and empty list items from the sorted list. When working with lists, they may have various formats (for example, comma-separated, bar-separated, tab-separated, or a single vertical column), so we made this program as generic as possible and it supports all possible list formats. When you load your list, you just have to tell this program how to split it into items. To do that, you just have to specify a list item delimiter character in the "Use a Symbol Separator" option or enter a regular expression that matches multiple delimiter variations in the "Use a Regex Separator" mode. Last but not least, you can specify a custom item delimiter for the output list. If you need to sort a list in random order, then you can use our Randomize a List tool. Listabulous!

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Numeric List Sorting

In this example, we sort a list of perfect numbers in descending order. As all the input items are numbers, we choose the numerical sorting mode. This way, the program compares the numbers by their magnitude and puts them in order from the largest number to the smallest. Perfect numbers are listed in a column, so we separate them with a newline character, and we also use the same newline in the sorted list.

628496812833550336858986905613743869132823058430081399521282658455991569831744654692615953842176

265845599156983174465469261595384217623058430081399521281374386913288589869056335503368128496286

Required options

These options will be used automatically if you select this example.

Delimit input list itemswith a character.

Set a delimiting symbol orregular expression.

Select a sorting method.

Select sorting order.

Delete duplicate list items.

Delete no-character list items.

Remove spaces around items.

Use this symbol as a joinerbetween items in a sorted list.

Sort Words Alphabetically

In this example, we sort all words in a tongue twister alphabetically. To define words as individual elements of the list, we match them by the regular expression "/ +/", which separates them by the whitespace characters. We select the ascending sorting order (from "a" to "z") and remove all duplicate words. As a result, we get a list of all unique words in alphabetical order that are then separated by em dashes.

give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup

a — coffee — copper — cup — give — in — of — papa — proper

Required options

These options will be used automatically if you select this example.

Delimit input list itemswith a regular expression.

Set a delimiting symbol orregular expression.

Select a sorting method.

Select sorting order.

Delete duplicate list items.

Delete no-character list items.

Remove spaces around items.

Use this symbol as a joinerbetween items in a sorted list.

Sort a Car Price List

In this example, we rearrange the names of cars with their cost in alphabetic order. The list of cars has two columns that are separated by commas and semicolons. To find the items of the input list, we use the regular expression "/,|;/". This regular expression matches either a comma or a semicolon. We trim list items, remove empty elements, sort the car brands in ascending order, and return a much simpler and easier to read version price list.

;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;Ford – $15000, Volvo – $18000;;Tesla – $22000, BMW – $30000;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;VW – $23000, Toyota – $25000;;KIA – $16000, Audi – $21000;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

Audi – $21000BMW – $30000Ford – $15000KIA – $16000Tesla – $22000Toyota – $25000VW – $23000Volvo – $18000

Required options

These options will be used automatically if you select this example.

Delimit input list itemswith a regular expression.

Set a delimiting symbol orregular expression.

Select a sorting method.

Select sorting order.

Delete duplicate list items.

Delete no-character list items.

Remove spaces around items.

Use this symbol as a joinerbetween items in a sorted list.

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Sort Rows of Pascal's Triangle

In this example, we load a data list that contains rows of binomial coefficients. Unfortunately, our cat walked across the keyboard and broke the order of the rows. To fix the problem, we treat the rows as list items, and to put the rows of Pascal's triangle back in the correct order, we sort the list by the length of items. We select the ascending sort order and get the correct triangle with one number at the vertex and 10 numbers at the base.

1 5 10 10 5 11 6 15 20 15 6 111 9 36 84 126 126 84 36 9 11 2 11 8 28 56 70 56 28 8 11 3 3 11 11 7 21 35 35 21 7 11 4 6 4 1

11 11 2 11 3 3 11 4 6 4 11 5 10 10 5 11 6 15 20 15 6 11 7 21 35 35 21 7 11 8 28 56 70 56 28 8 11 9 36 84 126 126 84 36 9 1

Required options

These options will be used automatically if you select this example.

Delimit input list itemswith a character.

Set a delimiting symbol orregular expression.

Select a sorting method.

Select sorting order.

Delete duplicate list items.

Delete no-character list items.

Remove spaces around items.

Use this symbol as a joinerbetween items in a sorted list.

Sort a List of Phenomena by Length

In this example, we sort a list of natural phenomena by the length of its items. We display the list in descending order, which means that the longest words come first and the shortest ones at the end. We split the input list by the comma character and put a newline as a delimiter in the output.

Thunder, Lightning, Wind, Vortex, Rain, Rainbow, Cloud, Freezing, Snow, Hail, Aurora

LightningFreezingRainbowThunderAuroraVortexCloudHailSnowRainWind

Required options

These options will be used automatically if you select this example.

Delimit input list itemswith a character.

Set a delimiting symbol orregular expression.

Select a sorting method.

Select sorting order.

Delete duplicate list items.

Delete no-character list items.

Remove spaces around items.

Use this symbol as a joinerbetween items in a sorted list.

Pro tips Master online list tools

You can pass input to this tool via

?input

query argument and it will automatically compute output. Here's how to type it in your browser's address bar. Click to try!

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=6%0A28%0A496%0A8128%0A33550336%0A8589869056%0A137438691328%0A2305843008139952128%0A2658455991569831744654692615953842176&string-separator=true&input-separator=%5Cn&sort-method=numerically&sort-order=decreasing&remove-duplicates=false&remove-empty-items=false&trim-items=false&join-character=%5Cn

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Find Unique List Items

Quickly print all distinct items of a list.

Find Duplicate List Items

Quickly print all repeating items of a list.

Find the Length of a List

Quickly count the number of items in a list.

Color List Items

Quickly display list items in multiple colors.

Create a Custom List

Quickly generate a list of arbitrary length with arbitrary items.

Create a Random List

Quickly generate a random length list with random items.

Find List Items

Quickly find certain items in a list.

Replace List Items

Quickly replace certain items in a list with new items.

Delete List Items

Quickly remove items from a list that match a pattern.

Reverse a List

Quickly print all list items in reverse order.

Sort a List

Quickly sort list items alphabetically or numerically.

Randomize a List

Quickly shuffle list items and make it random.

Randomly Select a List Item

Quickly randomly pick one or more items from a list.

Convert a List to an Image

Quickly create a downloadable image from a list.

Change List Item Separator

Quickly set a new delimiter for items in a list.

Delete List Item Separators

Quickly remove the symbol that separates list items.

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Normalize List Item Separators

Quickly change list item delimiters to the same symbol.

Truncate a List

Quickly remove items from the beginning or end of a list.

Join List Items

Quickly join all items of a list together.

Group List Items

Quickly create groups of multiple list items.

Slice a List

Quickly extract a part of a list.

Delete Empty List Items

Quickly remove all empty items from a list.

Trim List Items

Quickly remove whitespace characters around list items.

Duplicate a List

Quickly create multiple copies of a list.

Rotate a List

Quickly rotate list items to the left or right (or up and down).

Add a List Item Counter

Quickly enumerate list items and add a counter to them.

Add List Item Bullets

Quickly add bullet markers to all items in a list.

Remove List Item Bullets

Quickly remove all bullet markers from list items.

Quote List Items

Quickly wrap all list items in quotes.

Unquote List Items

Quickly remove all quotation marks from around list items.

Wrap Text Around Items

Quickly add text on the left and right sides of all list items.

Unwrap Items From Text

Quickly remove text from the left and right sides of all list items.

Add a List Item Prefix

Quickly prepend a prefix before each list item.

Remove a List Item Prefix

Quickly delete any prefix from the beginning of all list items.

Add a List Item Suffix

Quickly append a suffix after each list item.

Remove a List Item Suffix

Quickly delete any suffix from the end of all list items.

Change the Length of a List

Quickly add or remove list items to make it a certain length.

Convert a List to Columns

Quickly create multiple columns from a single list.

Create a Symmetric List

Quickly create a palindromic list from the given list.

Append Items to a List

Quickly add new items at the beginning or end of a list.

Left-pad a List

Quickly left-pad a list with one or more items.

Right-pad a List

Quickly right-pad a list with one or more items.

Delete Repeating List Items

Quickly remove items that repeat in a list.

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Filter a List

Quickly apply a filter on all list items (extract certain items).

Print List Statistics

Quickly analyze a list and print its item statistics.

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Edit a List

View and edit lists in a neat browser-based list editor.

Split a List

Split list items into chunks.

Generate the Powerlist

Create the powerlist of the given list.

Find the Car of a List

Extract the first item from a list.

Find the Cdr of a List

Extract all items except the first of a list.

Apply a Function on a List

Run a JavaScript function on every list item.

Find Certain List Items

Quickly find and print items that interest you in a list.

Find Repeating List Items

Quickly find and print items that repeat in a list.

Delete Unique List Items

Quickly find and remove items that are unique in a list.

Extract a Sublist from a List

Given start and stop indexes, extract a sublist from a list.

Shift List Items

Shift list items to the left or right (or up and down).

Indent List Items

Add indentation to all list items.

Mirror a List

Quickly create a mirror copy of a list.

Invert a List

Invert the order of items in a list (last becomes first, etc).

Reduce a List

Run the reduce function on a list.

Convert a List to Rows

Create multiple rows from a single list.

Convert a List to Excel

Create an Excel (XLS/XLSX) file from a list.

Convert a List to PDF

Create a PDF file from a list.

Convert a Text List to a LaTeX List

Create a LaTeX list from a regular text list.

Convert a Text List to a HTML List

Create a HTML list from a regular text list.

Convert a Text List to a Markdown List

Create a Markdown list from a regular text list.

Compare Two Lists

Find the difference between two lists.

Compare Three Lists

Find the difference between three lists.

Remove One List from Another

Remove elements from a list that appear in the other list.

Find Common Items in Lists

Find items that are shared between two or more lists.

Find Distinct Items in Lists

Find items that are unique in two or more lists.

Zip Two Lists

Join two or more lists together item by item.

Unzip Two Lists

Split an interleaved list into two or more separate lists.

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Merge Two Lists

Append a second list at the end of the first list.

Pair List Items

Create pairs from all list items.

Pop List Items

Remove list items at certain index positions.

Push List Items

Add new items at the end of a list.

Splice a List

Modify a list in-place by adding, replacing, or removing items.

Flatten a List

Remove all indentation levels from a list and make it flat.

Make List Items Title Case

Quickly change the letter case of all items to title case.

Make List Items Proper Case

Quickly change the letter case of all items to proper case.

Make List Items Random Case

Quickly randomly change the letter case of all items.

Make List Items Lowercase

Quickly change the letter case of all items to small letters.

Make List Items Uppercase

Quickly change the letter case of all items to capital letters.

Remove List Item Counter

Quickly remove any numeration from a list of items.

Create the Empty List

Generate a list with no items.

Visualize a List

Quickly create a graphical representation of a list.

Create a List Cloud

Create an image with a cloud of list items.

Create a Spiral List

Create an image with list items going in a spiral.

Create a ZigZag List

Make list items go in a zigzag.

Add Errors to a List

Add errors and corruption to a list.

Base64-encode a List

Convert any list to base64 encoding.

Base64-decode a List

Convert any list from base64 encoding back to a list.

URL-encode a List

Convert any list to URL encoding.

URL-decode a List

Convert any list from URL encoding back to a list.

Convert a List to JSON

Create a JSON array from a list.

Convert JSON to a List

Create a list from a JSON array.

Convert a List to XML

Create an XML document from a list.

Convert XML to a List

Create a list from an XML document.

Convert a List to YAML

Create a YAML file from a list.

Convert YAML to a List

Create a list from a YAML file.

Convert a Text List to a Binary List

Create a binary list from a text list.

Convert a Binary List to a Text List

Create a text list from a binary list.

Compress a List

Compress a list so it uses less space.

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FAQs

Is there a program that will alphabetize a list? ›

The Alphabetizer is a free tool to alphabetize lists. Use it to sort any list of text online, using your computer or mobile device.

Which method is used to sort a list? ›

Collections class sort() method is used to sort a list in Java.

Which list method will sort the items of list in place? ›

The list. sort() method sorts the elements of a list in ascending or descending order using the default < comparisons operator between items.

How do I create a sort list in Excel? ›

Follow these steps:
  1. Select the columns to sort. ...
  2. In the ribbon, click Data > Sort.
  3. In the Sort popup window, in the Sort by drop-down, choose the column on which you need to sort. ...
  4. From the Order drop-down, select Custom List.
  5. In the Custom Lists box, select the list that you want, and then click OK to sort the worksheet.

What is the most efficient way to sort a list? ›

Quicksort. Quicksort is one of the most efficient sorting algorithms, and this makes of it one of the most used as well. The first thing to do is to select a pivot number, this number will separate the data, on its left are the numbers smaller than it and the greater numbers on the right.

What is the fastest way to sort a list? ›

But since it has the upper hand in the average cases for most inputs, Quicksort is generally considered the “fastest” sorting algorithm.

How do I manually sort a list? ›

Manually sort a list of 10 integers in python
  1. Create an empty list to hold the ordered elements.
  2. While there are still elements in the unordered list. Set a variable, lowest, to the first element in the unordered list. For each element in the unordered list. If the element is lower than lowest. ...
  3. Print out the ordered list.
Feb 16, 2014

What is the sort tool? ›

The Sort tool arranges the records in a table in alphanumeric order based on the values of the specified data fields.

What are the four ways to sort a list of files? ›

There are four ways you can sort a list of your files in Google Drive:
  1. Name: Orders files alphabetically by filename.
  2. Last modified: Orders files by the last time anyone changed a file.
  3. Last modified by me: Orders by the last time you changed a file.
  4. Last opened by me: Orders by the last time you opened a file.

Which sort is best when list is sorted? ›

Insertion Sort

If the data is nearly sorted or when the list is small as it has a complexity of O(N2) and if the list is sorted a minimum number of elements will slide over to insert the element at its correct location. This algorithm is stable and it has fast running case when the list is nearly sorted.

How do you use a list to organize data sorting and filtering data in list? ›

If you create your own custom list, you can specify the values you want to sort by, in the order you want to sort them. To sort data in Excel: Select a cell in the column you want to sort. In the Data tab, go to the Sort & Filter group.

What are the three types of sorting of data in Excel? ›

Sort data in a table
  • Sort A to Z - sorts the selected column in an ascending order.
  • Sort Z to A - sorts the selected column in a descending order.
  • Custom Sort - sorts data in multiple columns by applying different sort criteria. Here's how to do a custom sort: Select Custom Sort. Select Add Level.

What is the difference between sort and Sortby in Excel? ›

Excel SORTBY Function

In contrast to the SORT function, the SORTBY function allows users to sort data at multiple levels. You can define multiple arrays and sort orders within the same formula to have your data organized at multiple levels.

How do you create a custom sort? ›

To create a custom sort:
  1. Select a cell in the column you want to sort by. ...
  2. Select the Data tab, then click the Sort command.
  3. The Sort dialog box will appear. ...
  4. The Custom Lists dialog box will appear. ...
  5. Type the items in the desired custom order in the List entries: box. ...
  6. Click Add to save the new sort order.

Which is the easiest sorting method to use? ›

Bubble Sort

It is the easiest and simplest of all the sorting algorithms.

How many sorting techniques are there? ›

What are the three types of sorting? The three types of basic sorting are bubble sort, insertion sort and selection sort.

How can I improve my sorting performance? ›

Change 1: Improvements sorting a single column. Change 2: Reduce memory consumption by using generation memory context. Change 3: Add specialized sort routines for common datatypes. Change 4: Replace polyphase merge algorithm with k-way merge.

Which sorting algorithm is best for small data? ›

The number of comparisons plays a more crucial role in sorting speed. 3) For small size data sets, Insertion sort is more efficient than Quicksort and Heapsort. 4) For large size data sets, Heapsort is better than the other twos, Heapsort is a better choice. In such a case, Insertion sort must be avoided.

How do you sort a list from smallest to largest? ›

Select a single cell in the column you want to sort. Click Sort A to Z to perform an ascending sort (A to Z or smallest number to largest).

Why is quick sort the best? ›

Quick sort is an in-place sorting algorithm. In-place sorting means no additional storage space is needed to perform sorting. Merge sort requires a temporary array to merge the sorted arrays and hence it is not in-place giving Quick sort the advantage of space.

What is the most common type of sorting? ›

Some of the most common sorting algorithms are:
  • Bubble Sort.
  • Insertion Sort.
  • Merge Sort.
  • Quick Sort.
  • Heap Sort.
  • Counting Sort.
  • Radix Sort.
  • Bucket Sort.
Jan 18, 2020

What are the two basic types of sorting? ›

There are two broad types of sorting algorithms: integer sorts and comparison sorts. Comparison sorts compare elements at each step of the algorithm to determine if one element should be to the left or right of another element.

What are the 5 basis of sorting? ›

Insertion, selection, bubble, merge, and quick sort.

What is manual sorting techniques? ›

Sorting a coarse material into two or more classes on the basis of physical characteristics: appearance, colour, conductivity, fluorescence, etc., manually.

How do you sort a list without using sort method? ›

Python Program to Sort List in Ascending Order without using Sort. In this program, we are using Nested For Loop to iterate each number in a list, and sort them in ascending order. It means the condition is False. So, it exits from the If block, and the j value incremented by 1.

What is sort and example? ›

Sorting is the process of placing elements from a collection in some kind of order. For example, a list of words could be sorted alphabetically or by length. A list of cities could be sorted by population, by area, or by zip code.

What are four commonly used sorting algorithms? ›

When it comes to Computer Science, there are four main algorithms that you need to have in your arsenal. Bubble sort, selections sort, merge sort, and quickSort.

How does sort method work? ›

The sort() method sorts the elements of an array in place and returns the reference to the same array, now sorted. The default sort order is ascending, built upon converting the elements into strings, then comparing their sequences of UTF-16 code units values.

What are the steps for sorting data? ›

How to sort in Excel?
  1. Select a single cell in the column you want to sort.
  2. On the Data tab, in the Sort & Filter group, click. to perform an ascending sort (from A to Z, or smallest number to largest).
  3. Click. to perform a descending sort (from Z to A, or largest number to smallest).

Which sort algorithm works best on mostly sorted data? ›

Many authors, including Knuth and MacLaren, mention that Straight Insertion Sort is the best sorting algorithm when the list is very nearly in order.

What is faster a hash table or a sorted list? ›

The get operation in a SortedList is O(log n) while the same operation e a HashTable is O(1) . So, normally, the HashTable would be much faster.

How do you alphabetize a list quickly? ›

Go to Home > Sort. Set Sort by to Paragraphs and Text. Choose Ascending (A to Z) or Descending (Z to A). Select OK.

Can Google Docs automatically alphabetize a list? ›

Google Docs doesn't have an alphabetizing feature, which is why you can install an add-on for this task. You can find the "Add-ons" tab in the top-left corner of your screen in your Google Doc, next to the Tools tab.

How can I quickly and easily alphabetize my references list? ›

Answer
  1. Select all of the references on your page (do not select the heading on the page: References)
  2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Sort icon.
  3. In the Sort Text dialog box, under Sort by, click Paragraphs and Text, and then click either Ascending.

Which sorting technique is good to use when alphabetizing a large list of names? ›

Radix sort is the method that many people begin to use when alphabetizing a large list of name or numeric number. Specifically , The list of names is first sorted according to the first letter of each name.

How do you list names in alphabetical order? ›

alphabetize names by comparing the first unit letter by letter. If the first letters are the same, file in terms of the second letter, and so on. Names of individuals are filed as follows: last name, first name or initial, middle name or initial. Smith Smith K.

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