Python - How To End the While Loop in Python

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This article will explain how we can end a while loop in Python. A while loop is a control flow statement used to repeat a specific code again and again until the specified condition is not reached. It can be considered as a repeating if statement.

We can end a while loop with a True condition within a function body and outside a function body in the following two ways in Python.

End a while Loop in Python Using the break Statement

We can end a while loop outside a function body by simply using a break statement. Suppose we have a list of numbers, and we want to end the while loop if we lose the number is greater than a certain value.

The example below demonstrates how to end a while loop using the break statement in Python.

mylist = [1, 4, 2, 7, 16, 3, 2, 8]  while True:   if mylist[-1] < 5:     print("less than 5")   if mylist[-1] > 10:     print("greater than 10")     break   if mylist[-1] > 5:     print("greater than 5")   mylist.pop() 

Output:

greater than 5 less than 5 less than 5 greater than 10 

We can also end a while loop within a function body using the break statement in Python, as demonstrated in the below example code.

mylist = [1, 4, 2, 7, 16, 3, 2, 8]  def myfunc():   while True:     if mylist[-1] < 5:       print("less than 5")     if mylist[-1] > 10:       print("greater than 10")       break     if mylist[-1] > 5:       print("greater than 5")     mylist.pop()   return  if __name__ == "__main__":   myfunc() 

Output:

greater than 5 less than 5 less than 5 greater than 10 

End a while Loop in Python Within a Function Using the return Statement

We can end a while loop in Python within a function using the return statement. In a function, we can also use the return statement instead of the break statement to end a while loop, which will stop the while loop and end the function’s execution.

The example below demonstrates how to use a return statement within a function body to end the while loop in Python.

mylist = [1, 4, 2, 7, 16, 3, 2, 8]  def myfunc():   while True:     if mylist[-1] < 5:       print("less than 5")     if mylist[-1] > 10:       print("greater than 10")       return     if mylist[-1] > 5:       print("greater than 5")     mylist.pop()  if __name__ == "__main__":   myfunc() 

Output:

greater than 5 less than 5 less than 5 greater than 10 

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