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Add two numbers represented by a linked list, Numbers are Stored in FORWARD order

This post is the exten­sion of   — Two num­bers rep­re­sented by a linked list, Num­ber Stored in REVERSE order

Objec­tive: Two num­bers rep­re­sented by a linked list­where each node con­tains sin­gle digit. The dig­its are stored in For­ward order, means head is point­ing to the last digit of the number.

Input: Two num­bers rep­re­sented by Linked Lists

Out­put: Addi­tion of two num­bers rep­re­sented by a Linked List.


First Number : 1007
Second Number : 93
Addition : 1100


Two numbers represented by a linked list, Number Stored in FORWARD order

Two num­bers rep­re­sented by a linked list, Num­ber Stored in FORWARD order


  • Get the length of both the lists.
  • If lengths are not equal, make them equal by adding nodes with value 0 in front of shorter linked list.
  • Append 0 in front Shorter List

    Append 0 in front Shorter List

  • Cre­ate a global vari­able carry=0.
  • Cre­ate a new­Head = null;
  • new­Head will be the start­ing node of our result linked list and curr node will the ref­er­ence to the cur­rent node on which we are work­ing in our result linked list.
  • Now using recur­sion travel in both the list till the end.
  • So now nodes are stores in a stack
  • Now while com­ing back, each node will pop out from the stack in reverse order
  • Take node data from both the lists add them along with carry.
  • if sum is >=10 , then make carry as 1 and cre­ate a new node with sum-10
  • Else just cre­ate a new Node with sum.
  • Add the newly cre­ated node to the result linked list with the help of newHead.

Com­plete Code:


First Number : ->1->0->0->7
Second Number : ->9->3
Addition : ->1->1->0->0

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  • indra senarao

    Above solu­tion gives wrong out­put for the inputs like below :

    First Num­ber : ->1->1->1->7
    Sec­ond Num­ber : ->9->9->9->9
    Addi­tion : ->1->1->1->6

    There is no extra last carry bit added accord­ing to the exist­ing code. Please mod­ify the logic accordinglty

    • tuto­ri­al­hori­zon

      Thanks a lot indra, i have cor­rected the code. Let me know if you see errors in this or other posts

  • Sid­dhi Mohite

    Can I get the code/algorithm for adding two binary num­bers using dou­bly linked lists in cpp?

  • biswa­jit singh

    hey i think this can be done in a rel­a­tively eas­ier man­ner using iter­a­tive method. we could main­tain 2 queues and store ele­ments of these linked lists in the queues. we could then pop these ele­ments out and keep adding them to 2 dif­fer­ent strings . after that we could con­vert these strings into inte­ger and out­put the num­ber in the form of a linked list. takes up extra space tho!