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Circular Linked List Complete Implementation

Ear­lier we have seen what is Singly Linked List and How to imple­ment it. In a way you say that it’s an exten­sion of singly linked list. I would sug­gest that if you do not about Linked list, then i would rec­om­mend that first read “Singly Linked List”. Now we will see the dif­fer­ence between them.

Circular Linked List

Cir­cu­lar Linked List

So as we can see the in cir­cu­lar linked list last node in the list is not point­ing to null but its point­ing the first node in the linked list and this makes a cir­cle that is why it is called “Cir­cu­lar Linked List”.

Let’s see how the Node struc­ture will look like

class Node{
     int data;
     Node next;
     public Node(int data){ = data;


NOTE: we are two ref­er­ences here, head and tail. Head points the start of the linked list and tail points to the last node of the linked list.

Add at the Start : Add a node the begin­ning of the linked list. Its O(1). If size is 0 then make the new node as head and tail else put the at the start, change the head and do not change the tail.

Add at the End : Add a node at the end of the linked list. its O(1) since we have tail ref­er­ence. If size is 0 then make the new node as head and tail else put node at the end of the list using tail ref­er­ence and make the new node as tail.

Delete at the Start : Delete a node from begin­ning of the linked list and make the head points to the 2nd node in the list. Its O(1).

Get Size: returns the size of the linked list.

Get Ele­ment at Index : Return the ele­ment at spe­cific index, if index is greater than the size then return –1. its O(n) in worst case.

Print: Prints the entire linked list. O(n).

Com­plete Code:


Adding node 3 at start
Adding node 2 at start
Adding node 1 at start
Circular Linked List: 1 2 3
deleting node 1 from start
Circular Linked List: 2 3
Node 4 is added at the end of the list
Circular Linked List: 2 3 4
Size of linked list: 3
Element at 2nd position: 3

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