How to Round Numbers Up and Down in Python

It is common to have numbers that need to be rounded in Python. Fortunately, there is a native Python round() function for rounding decimal/floating-point numbers to their nearest integer and a math package with methods for always rounding up or down to a whole number.


In this tutorial, we will learn how to round numbers in Python in a variety of different ways with examples.


Round to the Nearest Integer

To round to the nearest whole number, supply the decimal/floating-point number inside the () (parenthesis) of the round() function. In the example below, we will store the output from round() in a variable before printing it.


# round to nearest integer

rounded = round(1.35)



The nearest integer to 1.35 is 1 and when we put that float into round(), 1 was indeed returned. 


Round Float Up

To always round a number up to an integer regardless of whether it is the closest whole number we can use the ceil() method, which is available on the math package. To use it, import the math package and then pass the number to round up in the () (parenthesis) or math.ceil().


# round float up

import math

result = math.ceil(1.35)



2 is not the closest integer to 1.35 but ceil() rounded it up anyway.


Round Float Down

Two always round a number down, use the floor() method of the math package passing the number to round inside the () (parenthesis) of math.floor().


# round float down

import math

result = math.floor(1.75)



In the example above, math.floor() rounded 1.75 down to 1.


Round to a Fixed Number of Decimal Places

To round to a decimal place on a number, pass the level to round to as the second argument of the round() function.


# round to a fix decimal place

rounded = round(1.35, 1)



In the example above we are essentially rounding 3.5 as that is the first decimal place in 1.35.


Round all Values in a Python list

To round all the values in a list we can loop through the list of numbers and round each value before appending it to a new array.


# round all numbers in a list

numbers = [1.23, 4.435, 2.532, 6.2, 1.6]

rounded_list = []

for num in numbers:

[1, 4, 3, 6, 2]


Using list Comprehension

A shorter way to round a list and create a new one containing those values is to use list comprehension. Let's perform the exact same task ask above with list comprehension.


# round list numbers with list comprehension

numbers = [1.23, 4.435, 2.532, 6.2, 1.6]

rounded_list = [round(num) for num in numbers]

[1, 4, 3, 6, 2]



You know now how to round numbers in Python in a variety of different ways depending on how the rounding should behave.

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