How to generate integer ranges in Erlang?


From the other languages I program in, I’m used to having ranges. In Python, if I want all numbers one up to 100, I write range(1, 101). Similarly, in Haskell I’d write [1..100] and in Scala I’d write 1 to 100.

I can’t find something similar in Erlang, either in the syntax or the library. I know that this would be fairly simple to implement myself, but I wanted to make sure it doesn’t exist elsewhere first (particularly since a standard library or language implementation would be loads more efficient).

Is there a way to do ranges either in the Erlang language or standard library? Or is there some idiom that I’m missing? I just want to know if I should implement it myself.

I’m also open to the possibility that I shouldn’t want to use a range in Erlang (I wouldn’t want to be coding Python or Haskell in Erlang). Also, if I do need to implement this myself, if you have any good suggestions for improving performance, I’d love to hear them 🙂


From it looks like lists:seq(1, 100) does what you want. You can also do things like lists:seq(1, 100, 2) to get all of the odd numbers in that range instead.

Answered By – btilly

Answer Checked By – Marilyn (AngularFixing Volunteer)

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