DataFrame.join(other, on=None, how='left', lsuffix='', rsuffix='', sort=False)[source]

Join columns with other DataFrame either on index or on a key column. Efficiently Join multiple DataFrame objects by index at once by passing a list.


other : DataFrame, Series with name field set, or list of DataFrame

Index should be similar to one of the columns in this one. If a Series is passed, its name attribute must be set, and that will be used as the column name in the resulting joined DataFrame

on : column name, tuple/list of column names, or array-like

Column(s) in the caller to join on the index in other, otherwise joins index-on-index. If multiples columns given, the passed DataFrame must have a MultiIndex. Can pass an array as the join key if not already contained in the calling DataFrame. Like an Excel VLOOKUP operation

how : {‘left’, ‘right’, ‘outer’, ‘inner’}, default: ‘left’

How to handle the operation of the two objects.

  • left: use calling frame’s index (or column if on is specified)
  • right: use other frame’s index
  • outer: form union of calling frame’s index (or column if on is
    specified) with other frame’s index
  • inner: form intersection of calling frame’s index (or column if
    on is specified) with other frame’s index

lsuffix : string

Suffix to use from left frame’s overlapping columns

rsuffix : string

Suffix to use from right frame’s overlapping columns

sort : boolean, default False

Order result DataFrame lexicographically by the join key. If False, preserves the index order of the calling (left) DataFrame


joined : DataFrame

See also

For column(s)-on-columns(s) operations


on, lsuffix, and rsuffix options are not supported when passing a list of DataFrame objects


>>> caller = pd.DataFrame({'key': ['K0', 'K1', 'K2', 'K3', 'K4', 'K5'],
...                        'A': ['A0', 'A1', 'A2', 'A3', 'A4', 'A5']})
>>> caller
    A key
0  A0  K0
1  A1  K1
2  A2  K2
3  A3  K3
4  A4  K4
5  A5  K5
>>> other = pd.DataFrame({'key': ['K0', 'K1', 'K2'],
...                       'B': ['B0', 'B1', 'B2']})
>>> other
    B key
0  B0  K0
1  B1  K1
2  B2  K2

Join DataFrames using their indexes.

>>> caller.join(other, lsuffix='_caller', rsuffix='_other')
>>>     A key_caller    B key_other
    0  A0         K0   B0        K0
    1  A1         K1   B1        K1
    2  A2         K2   B2        K2
    3  A3         K3  NaN       NaN
    4  A4         K4  NaN       NaN
    5  A5         K5  NaN       NaN

If we want to join using the key columns, we need to set key to be the index in both caller and other. The joined DataFrame will have key as its index.

>>> caller.set_index('key').join(other.set_index('key'))
>>>      A    B
    K0   A0   B0
    K1   A1   B1
    K2   A2   B2
    K3   A3  NaN
    K4   A4  NaN
    K5   A5  NaN

Another option to join using the key columns is to use the on parameter. DataFrame.join always uses other’s index but we can use any column in the caller. This method preserves the original caller’s index in the result.

>>> caller.join(other.set_index('key'), on='key')
>>>     A key    B
    0  A0  K0   B0
    1  A1  K1   B1
    2  A2  K2   B2
    3  A3  K3  NaN
    4  A4  K4  NaN
    5  A5  K5  NaN
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