Fix Python – What is the best way to get all the divisors of a number?


Asked By – Andrea Ambu

Here’s the very dumb way:

def divisorGenerator(n):
    for i in xrange(1,n/2+1):
        if n%i == 0: yield i
    yield n

The result I’d like to get is similar to this one, but I’d like a smarter algorithm (this one it’s too much slow and dumb 🙂

I can find prime factors and their multiplicity fast enough.
I’ve an generator that generates factor in this way:

(factor1, multiplicity1)
(factor2, multiplicity2)
(factor3, multiplicity3)
and so on…

i.e. the output of

for i in factorGenerator(100):
    print i


(2, 2)
(5, 2)

I don’t know how much is this useful for what I want to do (I coded it for other problems), anyway I’d like a smarter way to make

for i in divisorGen(100):
    print i

output this:


UPDATE: Many thanks to Greg Hewgill and his “smart way” 🙂
Calculating all divisors of 100000000 took 0.01s with his way against the 39s that the dumb way took on my machine, very cool 😀

UPDATE 2: Stop saying this is a duplicate of this post. Calculating the number of divisor of a given number doesn’t need to calculate all the divisors. It’s a different problem, if you think it’s not then look for “Divisor function” on wikipedia. Read the questions and the answer before posting, if you do not understand what is the topic just don’t add not useful and already given answers.

Now we will see solution for issue: What is the best way to get all the divisors of a number?


Given your factorGenerator function, here is a divisorGen that should work:

def divisorGen(n):
    factors = list(factorGenerator(n))
    nfactors = len(factors)
    f = [0] * nfactors
    while True:
        yield reduce(lambda x, y: x*y, [factors[x][0]**f[x] for x in range(nfactors)], 1)
        i = 0
        while True:
            f[i] += 1
            if f[i] <= factors[i][1]:
            f[i] = 0
            i += 1
            if i >= nfactors:

The overall efficiency of this algorithm will depend entirely on the efficiency of the factorGenerator.

This question is answered By – Greg Hewgill

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