Please Steal My Code: Concatenating Dataframes in Pandas

Jake from Mito
2 min readMar 12, 2023

If you concatenate two dataframes, a new dataframe will be created with the rows of the first dataframe above the rows of the second dataframe.

The code you probably want

To concatenate two dataframes while keeping only the columns they share:

import pandas as pd
df1 = pd.DataFrame({'A': [1, 2], 'B': ['a', 'b']})
df2 = pd.DataFrame({'A': [3, 4], 'B': ['c', 'd']})
concatenated_dataframe = pd.concat([df1, df2], ignore_index=True)

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Other Common Use Cases

Only keep columns that are present in all dataframes

import pandas as pd
df1 = pd.DataFrame({'A': [1, 2], 'B': ['a', 'b']})
df2 = pd.DataFrame({'A': [3, 4], 'C': [True, False]})
concatenated_dataframe = pd.concat([df1, df2], ignore_index=True, join='inner')

Keep original index values

import pandas as pd
df1 = pd.DataFrame({'A': [1, 2], 'B': ['a', 'b']})
df2 = pd.DataFrame({'A': [3, 4], 'B': ['c', 'd']})
concatenated_dataframe = pd.concat([df1, df2])

Concatenate more than two dataframes

import pandas as pd
df1 = pd.DataFrame({'A': [1, 2], 'B': ['a', 'b']})
df2 = pd.DataFrame({'A': [3, 4], 'B': ['c', 'd']})
df3 = pd.DataFrame({'A': [5, 6], 'B': ['e', 'f']})
concatenated_dataframe = pd.concat([df1, df2, df3])

What is this blog post

At Mito, we’ve spent years working with users to automate their data work in Python. As such, we’ve got a great sense of what the most common use cases are for common pandas functions.

This blog post is the first in a series of tutorials — designed to be the best pandas documentation for you most of the time. There’s no BS marketing langauge at the top of this blog post, and we rank (easy to copy!) code snippets depending on how likely you are to be encountering them.

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