How do I get the row count of a pandas DataFrame?

I’m trying to get the number of rows of dataframe df with Pandas, and here is my code.

Method 1:

total_rows = df.count
print total_rows +1

Method 2:

total_rows = df['First_columnn_label'].count
print total_rows +1

Both the code snippets give me this error:

TypeError: unsupported operand type(s) for +: ‘instancemethod’ and ‘int’

What am I doing wrong?

15 Answers

You can use the .shape property or just len(DataFrame.index). However, there are notable performance differences ( len(DataFrame.index) is fastest).

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Code to reproduce the plot:

import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
import perfplot
    setup=lambda n: pd.DataFrame(np.arange(n * 3).reshape(n, 3)),
    n_range=[2**k for k in range(25)],
        lambda data: data.shape[0],
        lambda data: data[0].count(),
        lambda data: len(data.index),
    labels=["data.shape[0]", "data[0].count()", "len(data.index)"],
    xlabel="data rows"

EDIT: As @Dan Allen noted in the comments len(df.index) and df[0].count() are not interchangeable as count excludes NaNs,

Suppose df is your dataframe then:

count_row = df.shape[0]  # gives number of row count
count_col = df.shape[1]  # gives number of col count

Or, more succinctly,

r, c = df.shape

Use len(df).

__len__() is documented with Returns length of index. Timing info, set up the same way as in root’s answer:

In [7]: timeit len(df.index)
1000000 loops, best of 3: 248 ns per loop

In [8]: timeit len(df)
1000000 loops, best of 3: 573 ns per loop

Due to one additional function call it is a tiny bit slower than calling len(df.index) directly. This should not matter in most cases.

How do I get the row count of a pandas DataFrame?

This table summarises the different situations in which you’d want to count something in a DataFrame (or Series, for completeness), along with the recommended method(s).

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  1. DataFrame.count returns counts for each column as a Series since the non-null count varies by column.
  2. DataFrameGroupBy.size returns a Series, since all columns in the same group share the same row-count.
  3. DataFrameGroupBy.count returns a DataFrame, since the non-null count could differ across columns in the same group. To get the group-wise non-null count for a specific column, use df.groupby(...)['x'].count() where “x” is the column to count.

Minimal Code Examples

Below, I show examples of each of the methods described in the table above. First, the setup –

df = pd.DataFrame({
    'A': list('aabbc'), 'B': ['x', 'x', np.nan, 'x', np.nan]})
s = df['B'].copy()


   A    B
0  a    x
1  a    x
2  b  NaN
3  b    x
4  c  NaN


0      x
1      x
2    NaN
3      x
4    NaN
Name: B, dtype: object

Row Count of a DataFrame: len(df), df.shape[0], or len(df.index)

# 5

# 5

# 5

It seems silly to compare the performance of constant time operations, especially when the difference is on the level of “seriously, don’t worry about it”. But this seems to be a trend with other answers, so I’m doing the same for completeness.

Of the 3 methods above, len(df.index) (as mentioned in other answers) is the fastest.


  • All the methods above are constant time operations as they are simple attribute lookups.
  • df.shape (similar to ndarray.shape) is an attribute that returns a tuple of (# Rows, # Cols). For example, df.shape returns (8, 2) for the example here.

Column Count of a DataFrame: df.shape[1], len(df.columns)

# 2

# 2

Analogous to len(df.index), len(df.columns) is the faster of the two methods (but takes more characters to type).

Row Count of a Series: len(s), s.size, len(s.index)

# 5

# 5

# 5

s.size and len(s.index) are about the same in terms of speed. But I recommend len(df).

size is an attribute, and it returns the number of elements (=count of rows for any Series). DataFrames also define a size attribute which returns the same result as df.shape[0] * df.shape[1].

Non-Null Row Count: DataFrame.count and Series.count

The methods described here only count non-null values (meaning NaNs are ignored).

Calling DataFrame.count will return non-NaN counts for each column:


A    5
B    3
dtype: int64

For Series, use Series.count to similar effect:

# 3

Group-wise Row Count: GroupBy.size

For DataFrames, use DataFrameGroupBy.size to count the number of rows per group.


a    2
b    2
c    1
dtype: int64

Similarly, for Series, you’ll use SeriesGroupBy.size.


a    2
b    2
c    1
Name: B, dtype: int64

In both cases, a Series is returned. This makes sense for DataFrames as well since all groups share the same row-count.

Group-wise Non-Null Row Count: GroupBy.count

Similar to above, but use GroupBy.count, not GroupBy.size. Note that size always returns a Series, while count returns a Series if called on a specific column, or else a DataFrame.

The following methods return the same thing:


a    2
b    2
c    1
Name: B, dtype: int64

Meanwhile, for count, we have


a  2
b  1
c  0

…called on the entire GroupBy object, v/s,


a    2
b    1
c    0
Name: B, dtype: int64

Called on a specific column.


Short, clear and clean: use len(df)

len() is your friend, it can be used for row counts as len(df).

Alternatively, you can access all rows by df.index and all columns by df.columns, and as you can use the len(anyList) for getting the count of list, use len(df.index) for getting the number of rows, and len(df.columns) for the column count.

Or, you can use df.shape which returns the number of rows and columns together, if you want to access the number of rows only use df.shape[0] and for the number of columns only use: df.shape[1].

Apart from above answers use can use df.axes to get the tuple with row and column indexes and then use len() function:


…building on Jan-Philip Gehrcke’s answer.

The reason why len(df) or len(df.index) is faster than df.shape[0]. Look at the code. df.shape is a @property that runs a DataFrame method calling len twice.

Type:        property
String form: <property object at 0x1127b33c0>
# df.shape.fget
def shape(self):
    Return a tuple representing the dimensionality of the DataFrame.
    return len(self.index), len(self.columns)

And beneath the hood of len(df)

Signature: df.__len__()
    def __len__(self):
        """Returns length of info axis, but here we use the index """
        return len(self.index)
File:      ~/miniconda2/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pandas/core/
Type:      instancemethod

len(df.index) will be slightly faster than len(df) since it has one less function call, but this is always faster than df.shape[0]

I come to pandas from R background, and I see that pandas is more complicated when it comes to selecting row or column. I had to wrestle with it for a while, then I found some ways to deal with:

getting the number of columns:

## Here:
#df is your data.frame
#df.columns return a string, it contains column's titles of the df. 
#Then, "len()" gets the length of it.

getting the number of rows:

len(df.index) #It's similar.

Hey you can use do this also:

Let say df is your dataframe. Then df.shape gives you the shape of your dataframe i.e (row,col)

Thus, assign below command to get the required

 row = df.shape[0], col = df.shape[1]

In case you want to get the row count in the middle of a chained operation, you can use:



row_count = (

This can be useful if you don’t want to put a long statement inside a len() function.

You could use __len__() instead but __len__() looks a bit weird.

For dataframe df, a printed comma formatted row count used while exploring data:

def nrow(df):



Either of this can do (df is the name of the DataFrame):

Method 1: Using len function:

len(df) will give the number of rows in a DataFrame named df.

Method 2: using count function:


.count() will count the number of rows in a given column col.

df.count() will give the number of rows for all the columns.

An alternative method to finding out the amount of rows in a dataframe which I think is the most readable variant is pandas.Index.size.

Do note that as I commented on the accepted answer:

Suspected pandas.Index.size would actually be faster than len(df.index) but timeit on my computer tells me otherwise (~150 ns slower per loop).

I’m not sure if this would work(data COULD be omitted), but this may work:

*dataframe name*.tails(1)

and then using this, you could find the number of rows by running the code snippet and looking at the row number that was given to you.

Think, the dataset is “data” and name your dataset as ” data_fr ” and number of rows in the data_fr is “nu_rows”

#import the data frame. Extention could be different as csv,xlsx or etc.

#print the number of rows

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