# Dart: 5 Ways to Calculate the Sum of a List

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This practical, example-centric article walks you through 5 different approaches to calculating the sum of a list of numbers in Dart (and Flutter as well). No need to delay, let’s start right away and write some code.

## Using fold() method

**Example:**

```
// kindacode.com
void main() {
List<double> numbers = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 0.5, -1.5, 0.25, -0.25];
double sum = numbers.fold(0, (a, b) => a + b);
print(sum);
}
```

**Output:**

`14.0`

The **fold()** method (of the **List** class) is a higher-order function that applies a given function to each element in a collection and accumulates the results. In the example above, we pass an anonymous function that simply adds the two arguments (the **accumulator** and the **current value**) together.

## Using a For loop

For loop is a popular flow control that has been around for a long time in most programming languages, including Dart. This is also a powerful tool that helps us calculate many things, including finding the sum of the elements in a given list.

**Example:**

```
// kindacode.com
void main() {
final myListofNumbers = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.4, 7.1, -4, -1.5];
var sum = 0.0;
for (var i = 0; i < myListofNumbers.length; i++) {
sum += myListofNumbers[i];
}
print(sum);
}
```

**Output:**

`23.0`

In this approach (which is a little bit longer than other approaches mentioned in this article), we use a for loop to iterate over the list of numbers (both integers and doubles) and add each element to a variable named **sum**.

## Using the reduce() method

**Example:**

```
// kindacode.com
void main() {
final numbers = [1, 2, 3, 4.4, -1.2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9];
var sum = numbers.reduce((a, b) => a + b);
print(sum);
}
```

**Output:**

`44.2`

The **reduce()** method is similar to the **fold()** method, but it doesn’t take an initial value as its first argument. Instead, it uses the first element in the collection as the initial value and applies the given function to the remaining elements. In this case, we pass the same function as in the **fold()** example.

## Using the **sum** getter from the collection package

**Example:**

```
// kindacode.com
import 'package:collection/collection.dart';
void main() {
final numbers = [100, 50, 0, 25, 1, 90.8];
var sum = numbers.sum;
print(sum);
}
```

**Output:**

` 266.8`

At the first glance, this may seem the shortest approach. But in fact, we need to add this line:

`'package:collection/collection.dart';`

So, some developers prefer using other approaches to this one.

## Using a for-each loop

**Example:**

```
// kindacode.com
void main() {
final numbers = [5, 10, 15, 20, 25];
var sum = 0;
numbers.forEach((number) {
sum += number;
});
print(sum);
}
```

**Output:**

`75`

In this approach, we use a for-each loop to iterate over the list and add each element to the **sum** variable.

## Conclusion

We’ve explored 5 different ways to find the sum of numeric elements in a given list in Dart. Which one do you like the most? Please share your thoughts by leaving comments.

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