NetLogo Table Extension


The table extension is pre-installed in NetLogo.

To use the table extension in your model, add a line to the top of your Code tab:

extensions [table]

If your model already uses other extensions, then it already has an extensions line in it, so just add table to the list.

For more information on using NetLogo extensions, see the Extensions Guide

When to Use

In general, anything you can do with an table in NetLogo, you could also just use a list for. But you may want to consider using an table instead for speed reasons. Lists and tables have different performance characteristics, so you may be able to make your model run faster by selecting the appropriate data structure.

Tables are useful when you need to do associate values with other values. For example, you might make a table of words and their definitions. Then you can look up the definition of any word. Here, the words are the "keys". You can easily retrieve the value for any key in the table, but not vice versa.

Unlike NetLogo’s lists and strings, tables are “mutable”. That means that you can actually modify them directly, rather than constructing an altered copy as with lists. If the table is used in more than one place in your code, any changes you make will show up everywhere. It’s tricky to write code involving mutable structures and it’s easy to make subtle errors or get surprising results, so we suggest sticking with lists and strings unless you’re certain you want and need mutability.



table:clear table:counts table:from-list table:get table:has-key? table:keys table:length table:make table:put table:remove table:to-list table:values


table:clear table

Removes all key-value pairs from table.


table:counts list

Counts the occurrences of each element of the given list and reports the counts in a table.


table:from-list list

Reports a new table with the contents of list. list must be a list of two element lists, or pairs. The first element in the pair is the key and the second element is the value.


table:get table key

Reports the value that key is mapped to in the table. Causes an error if there is no entry for the key.


table:has-key? table key

Reports true if key has an entry in table.


table:keys table

Reports a list of all the keys in table, in the same order the keys were inserted.


table:length table

Reports the number of entries in table.



Reports a new, empty table.


table:put table key value

Maps key to value in table. If an entry already exists in the table for the given key, it is replaced.


table:remove table key

Removes the mapping in table for key.


table:to-list table

Reports a list with the content of table. The list will be a list of two element lists, or pairs. The first element in the pair is the key and the second element is the value. The keys appear in the same order they were inserted.


table:values table

Reports a list with the entries of table. The entries will appear in the same order they were inserted, with duplicates included.