Kotlin List.lastIndexOf() Function

The Kotlin List.lastIndexOf() function returns the index of the last occurrence of the specified element in the list.

There could be multiple occurrences of any element in a list. But using List.lastIndexOf() function, we can get the last occurrence of the item in a list.

Syntax of List.lastIndexOf()

The syntax of List.lastIndexOf() function is

list.lastIndexOf(element)
ParameterDescription
elementRequired. The element whose last occurrence in the list has to be found out.

Return Value

List.lastIndexOf() function returns the index of the last occurrence of the specified element in the list. If the specified element is not present in the list, then the function returns -1.

Example 1: Get Index of Last Occurrence of Element

In this example, we will take a list of elements (say strings). We will then find the last index of element "bc" in the list using List.lastIndexOf() function.

Kotlin Program

fun main(args: Array<String>) {
    val list1 = listOf("ab", "bc", "cd", "bc", "de")
    val element = "bc"
    val index = list1.lastIndexOf(element)
    print("The index of last occurrence of element is : $index")
}

Output

The index of last occurrence of element is : 3

Example 2: List.lastIndexOf() – Element not in the List

In this example, we will try to find the output of List.lastIndexOf() function, when the element is not present in the list.

Kotlin Program

fun main(args: Array<String>) {
    val list1 = listOf("ab", "bc", "cd", "bc", "de")
    val element = "mm"
    val index = list1.lastIndexOf(element)
    print("The index of last occurrence of element is : $index")
}

Output

The index of last occurrence of element is : -1

Conclusion

In this Kotlin Tutorial, we learned how to get the index of last occurrence of specific element in a given list, using Kotlin List.lastIndexOf() function.