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This article is about a GAP function.

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Function type

AllSmallGroups is a GAP function that takes as input a natural number and outputs a list of groups.


The function is supposed to return a list of all the groups whose order is the given natural number. This list is based on GAP's in-built library and the groups always appear in the same sequence in the list. GAP does not compute these groups on the spot.

The following caveats should be noted:

  • For a finite solvable group, the group is stored as a PcGroup: in other words, it is stored in terms of a polycyclic series for the group. Thus, if the group is solvable, the command SmallGroup returns a polycyclic series.
  • For a finite group that is not solvable, the group is stored as a permutation group.

Error types:

  • If the groups of order equal to the input are not stored in the library, GAP returns an error stating that the library of groups of order a is not available.
  • If the input is not a positive integer, GAP returns a usage error.

Typical use


where n is a natural number.

Related functions

  • GAP:SmallGroup: This takes as input an ordered pair of natural numbers (a,b), and returns the b^{th} group of order a.
  • GAP:OneSmallGroup: This returns only one group of order equal to the given natural number, namely, the first member of the list returned by AllSmallGroups.
  • GAP:SmallGroupsInformation: This provides verbal information on the groups of a given order and how they are stored in GAP's library.