Messed up circuit

I am new to Qiskit and was learning Quantum teleportation circuit on youtube. I unknowingly executed a cell while trying to modify the circuit draw style which added the unnecessary gates. How can I remove them?

circuit.cnot(1, 2)

This was the cell which I executed again. I want to remove the gates after the second hadamard.

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    $\begingroup$ Just execute the cells again, starting from the first cell. And if you want to avoid this problem, make all the circuit construction code in one cell. $\endgroup$ Mar 4, 2023 at 12:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Egretta.Thula aha. That helps. Thank you. $\endgroup$
    – Vaishnav
    Mar 4, 2023 at 12:24

1 Answer 1


For your case, indeed, rerun the cell in the best solution.

Here, a general solution for situation when that is not possible. Say you have the following circuit and you would like to remove the first CNOT:

A circuit with X in 0, a barrier, H 1, CX 1 2, and CX 0, 1

In QuantumCircuit.data, there is a list of the instructions in the circuit. You can pretty-print-ish like this:

for index, instruction in enumerate(circuit.data):
    print(index, instruction.operation.name, [ circuit.find_bit(q).index for q in instruction.qubits])
0 x [0]
1 barrier [0, 1, 2]
2 h [1]
3 cx [1, 2]
4 cx [0, 1]

You can directly remove an instructions by removing the entry in the data structure:

del circuit.data[3]

Resulting in the following circuit:

A circuit with X in 0, a barrier, H 1, and CX 0, 1


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