Heappush Function Of Heapq Module In Python


  • A min heap is a binary tree in which the parent nodes hold smaller values than that of the children.  
  • As new elements get added into the heap, the “heap” property stated above is maintained.
  • The heapq module in Python provides a set of functions to create and manipulate min heaps.
  • The heappush() method pushes an element into an existing heap in such a way that the heap property is maintained.


The Python example constructs a min heap through heapify() function and subsequently calls heappush() twice to add two elements into the heap, while maintaining the heap property.

# Example Python program that pushes elements into a heap

# while maintaining the heap property

import heapq


# Data as a Python list

heapData        = [10, 50, 60, 20, 70]


# Make the Python list into a heap




# Print the heap



# Push new elements into the heap

heapq.heappush(heapData, 40)



heapq.heappush(heapData, 30)





[10, 20, 60, 50, 70]

[10, 20, 40, 50, 70, 60]

[10, 20, 30, 50, 70, 60, 40]


Initial Heap before calling heappush()

After adding an element 40 into the heap using heapq.heappush()

After adding another element 30 into the heap using heappush()

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