The most basic way to sort a list of numbers in Python is by using the .sort() method. This works for both ascending and descending orders. Examples:

## Using sort()

Let's create a list:

`import random`

`myList = [i for i in range(10)]`

`random.shuffle(myList)`

`print(myList)`

Output

`[4, 9, 8, 7, 0, 3, 5, 2, 6, 1]`

### Ascending order

For an ascending order, simply call the .sort() method on your list and it will arrange all values from lowest to highest

`myList.sort()`

`print(myList)`

Ouput

`[0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]`

### Descending order

If you wish to sort the list in descending order, use the reverse flag - set it to True and the list will be arranged from highest to lowest. It can be done like this: my_list.sort(reverse=True).

`myList.sort(reverse=True)`

`print(myList)`

output

`[9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0]`

## Using sorted()

Another option is to use the sorted() function which has similar syntax as sort(). The main difference between them is that sorted() will return a new sorted list while .sort() sorts the original one.

### Ascending order

To use it, simply call the sorted() function and pass it your list as an argument.

`newList = sorted(myList)`

`print( newList )`

Ouput

`[0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]`

Note that with sorted() the original list myList is not modified

`myList`

Ouput

[4, 9, 8, 7, 0, 3, 5, 2, 6, 1]

Can be used in a loop, example:

`>>> for i in sorted(l):`

`... print(i)`

`...`

`0`

`1`

`2`

`3`

`4`

`5`

`6`

`7`

`8`

`9`

### Descending order

To get the list in descending order just use reverse=True

`sorted(l,reverse=True)`

Ouput

`[9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0]`