# Python 3 get first/last N elements of dictionary

Getting first or last elements of dictionary or map in python is not intuitive but is easy. We need to have two points in mind:

- First maps are considered to be structures without order
- second it's difficult to point the first and last element of a dictionary

In this post:

- Getting first keys of a Python 3 dict
- Getting first values of a Python 3 dictionary
- Getting first items of a Python 3 dict
- Getting last items of a Python 3 dictionary

## Getting first keys of a Python 3 dict

If the order of the elements is not important for you then you can get several N elements of a dictionary by next code example:

```
mydict = {1:'a',2:'b',3:'c',4:'d',5:'e'}
for x in list(mydict)[0:3]:
print (x)
```

result:

```
1
2
3
```

## Getting first values of a Python 3 dictionary

If the order of the elements is not important for you then you can get several N elements of a dictionary by next code example:

```
mydict = {1:'a',2:'b',3:'c',4:'d',5:'e'}
for x in list(mydict)[0:3]:
print (mydict[x])
```

result:

```
a
b
c
```

## Getting first items of a Python 3 dict

If the order of the elements is not important for you then you can get several N elements of a dictionary by next code example:

```
mydict = {1:'a',2:'b',3:'c',4:'d',5:'e'}
for x in list(mydict)[0:3]:
print ("key {}, value {} ".format(x, mydict[x]))
```

result:

```
key 1, value a
key 2, value b
key 3, value c
```

## Getting last items of a Python 3 dictionary

If the order is important for you then you can use additional methods like:

- sorted - ascending order
- reversed - descending order

This will help you to get the elements in different order. For example next code is getting last N keys from a dictionary in Python.

```
mydict = {1:'a',2:'b',3:'c',4:'d',5:'e'}
for x in list(reversed(list(mydict)))[0:3]:
print (x)
```

result:

```
5
4
3
```