Tuples, like lists, are an ordered collection of items in Python. That is, there is an order to which the elements are present inside a tuple. There might be use-cases where you’d want to sort a tuple in a particular order (for example, ascending or descending). In this tutorial, we will look at how to sort elements of a tuple in Python with the help of some examples.

## How to sort a tuple in Python?

Tuples are immutable in Python and thus cannot be altered after creation. You can, however, use the Python built-in `sorted()`

function to create a sorted copy of the original tuple. The following is the syntax.

# create a tuple with sorted elements from tuple a tuple(sorted(a))

The `sorted()`

function returns a list of elements in a sorted order which can further be converted to a tuple using the `tuple()`

function.

Let’s look at some examples.

### Sort tuple in ascedning order

The `sorted()`

function, by default, sorts an iterable in ascending order and returns the sorted elements as a list. Let’s use it to sort a tuple in ascending order.

# creat a tuple of numbers a = (2, 4, 3, 5, 1) # sort the tuple elements and store the result in variable a a = tuple(sorted(a)) print(a)

Output:

(1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Here we reassign the returned tuple to the original variable `a`

which now contains elements sorted in ascending order.

### Sort tuple in descending order

You can similarly get a tuple with elements sorted in descending order by passing `reverse=True`

to the `sorted()`

function. The `reverse`

parameter is `False`

by default.

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# creat a tuple of numbers a = (2, 4, 3, 5, 1) # sort the tuple elements in descending sorder and store the result in variable a a = tuple(sorted(a, reverse=True)) print(a)

Output:

(5, 4, 3, 2, 1)

The tuple `a`

now contains elements sorted in descending order.

Keep in mind that tuples are immutable. Here the `sorted()`

function returns the sorted elements in a list which we are converting to a tuple using the `tuple()`

function.

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