If you are running your Python code and you see the error “TypeError: 'int' object is not iterable”, it means you are trying to loop through an integer or other data type that loops cannot work on.

In Python, iterable data are lists, tuples, sets, dictionaries, and so on.

In addition, this error being a “TypeError” means you’re trying to perform an operation on an inappropriate data type. For example, adding a string with an integer.

Today is the last day you should get this error while running your Python code. Because in this article, I will not just show you how to fix it, I will also show you how to check for the __iter__ magic methods so you can see if an object is iterable.

How to Fix Int Object is Not Iterable

If you are trying to loop through an integer, you will get this error:

count = 14

for i in count:
# Output: TypeError: 'int' object is not iterable

One way to fix it is to pass the variable into the range() function.

In Python, the range function checks the variable passed into it and returns a series of numbers starting from 0 and stopping right before the specified number.

The loop will now run:

count = 14

for i in range(count):
# Output: 0
# 1
# 2
# 3
# 4
# 5
# 6
# 7
# 8
# 9
# 10
# 11
# 12
# 13

Another example that uses this solution is in the snippet below:

age = int(input("Enter your age: "))

for num in range(age):

# Output: 
# Enter your age: 6
# 0
# 1
# 2
# 3
# 4
# 5

How to Check if Data or an Object is Iterable

To check if some particular data are iterable, you can use the dir() method. If you can see the magic method __iter__, then the data are iterable. If not, then the data are not iterable and you shouldn’t bother looping through them.

perfectNum = 7


# Output:['__abs__', '__add__', '__and__', '__bool__', '__ceil__', '__class__', '__delattr__', '__dir__', '__divmod__', '__doc__', '__eq__', '__float__', '__floor__', '__floordiv__', '__format__', '__ge__', '__getattribute__', '__getnewargs__', '__gt__', '__hash__', '__index__', '__init__', '__init_subclass__', '__int__', '__invert__', '__le__', '__lshift__', '__lt__', '__mod__', '__mul__', '__ne__', '__neg__', '__new__', '__or__', '__pos__', 
# '__pow__', '__radd__', '__rand__', '__rdivmod__', '__reduce__', '__reduce_ex__', '__repr__', '__rfloordiv__', '__rlshift__', '__rmod__', '__rmul__', '__ror__', '__round__', '__rpow__', '__rrshift__', '__rshift__', '__rsub__', '__rtruediv__', '__rxor__', '__setattr__', '__sizeof__', '__str__', '__sub__', '__subclasshook__', '__truediv__', '__trunc__', '__xor__', 'bit_length', 'conjugate', 'denominator', 'from_bytes', 'imag', 'numerator', 'real', 'to_bytes']

The __iter__ magic method is not found in the output, so the variable perfectNum is not iterable.

jerseyNums = [43, 10, 7, 6, 8]


# Output: ['__add__', '__class__', '__contains__', '__delattr__', '__delitem__', '__dir__', '__doc__', '__eq__', '__format__', '__ge__', '__getattribute__', '__getitem__', '__gt__', '__hash__', '__iadd__', '__imul__', '__init__', '__init_subclass__', '__iter__', '__le__', '__len__', '__lt__', '__mul__', '__ne__', '__new__', '__reduce__', '__reduce_ex__', '__repr__', '__reversed__', '__rmul__', '__setattr__', '__setitem__', '__sizeof__', '__str__', '__subclasshook__', 'append', 'clear', 'copy', 'count', 'extend', 'index', 'insert', 'pop', 'remove', 'reverse', 'sort']

The magic method __iter__ was found, so the list jerseyNums is iterable.


In this article, you learned about the “Int Object is Not Iterable” error and how to fix it.

You were also able to see that it is possible to check whether an object or some data are iterable or not.

If you check for the __iter__ magic method in some data and you don’t find it, it’s better to not attempt to loop through the data at all since they're not iterable.

Thank you for reading.