Implement Stack Using Linked List

Objective: Write an algorithm to implement Stack using Linked List.

If you do not know about then for starters its abstract data type in which follows the principle of LIFO (Last-In-First-Out) which means the data goes in last comes out first to read about in detail please read this link Stack


Solution is quite simple, Earlier we have seen an article  “Linked List Implementation“, we need to make some changes to make it work as Stack.

Stack Operations:

Push() : Insert the element into linked list at the beginning and increase the size of the list. O(1) operation.

Pop() : Return the element first node from the linked list and move the head pointer to the second node. Decrease the size of the list. O(1) operation.

getSize(): Return the size of linked list.

displayStack(): Print the linked list.

Complete Code:

public class StackUsingLinkedList {
Node head= null;
int size =0;
public void push(int data){
Node x = new Node(data);
head = x;
//add the Node at the start of a Linked List
Node temp = head; = temp;
head = x;
System.out.println("Element "+ data + " is pushed into Stack");
public int pop(){
System.out.println("Stack is Empty");
return 1;
Node temp = head;
head =;
public void printStack(){
Node curr = head;
System.out.print( + " ");
curr =;
public int getSize(){
return size;
public static void main(String[] args) {
StackUsingLinkedList stck = new StackUsingLinkedList();
System.out.println("Pop out element " + stck.pop());
class Node{
int data;
Node next;
public Node(int data){ = data;


Element 1 is pushed into Stack
Element 2 is pushed into Stack
Element 4 is pushed into Stack
4 2 1
Pop out element 4
2 1

Note: Also read, Track the Maximum Element in a Stack. This problem was asked in Yahoo in Software Engineer position.

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