I am learning Qiskit, and I have a specific application in mind where all of the qubits in my QuantumCircit have natural labels (say, by letters of the alphabet). I can initialize this with the code

qc = QuantumCircuit(0)

for label in keys:

This works and displays very nicely, but immediately gives me problems. For instance, something like


gives me the error

CircuitError: "Invalid bit index: 'label' of type '<class 'str'>'"

Is there any way around this? Can I choose the labels I desire for my QuantumCircut, or must I stick with the default?


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You can use your method to initialize the qubits, but you need to remember their indices to apply gates. One way to do this is to create a dictionary mapping each label to its corresponding index and then use it when applying quantum gates to your circuit. The code would look something like this:

from qiskit import QuantumCircuit, QuantumRegister 

labels = ['qub1', 'qub2', 'qub3', 'ancilla']
index = {k: v for v, k in enumerate(labels)} # map the labels to their indices

qc = QuantumCircuit()
for label in labels:
    qc.add_register(QuantumRegister(1, label))

x_gates = ['qub1', 'qub3', 'ancilla']

for register in x_gates:

The circuit will then look like this:

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Be careful though, because not all register names are valid according to the OpenQASM specification!


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