Sorting Strings using Bubble Sort


Given an array of strings arr[]. Sort given strings using Bubble Sort and display the sorted array.

In Bubble Sort, the two successive strings arr[i] and arr[i+1] are exchanged whenever arr[i]> arr[i+1]. The larger values sink to the bottom and hence called sinking sort. At the end of each pass, smaller values gradually “bubble” their way upward to the top and hence called bubble sort.

After all the passes, we get all the strings in sorted order. Complexity of the above algorithm will be O(N2).

Let us look at the code snippet:

using namespace std;
#define MAX 100

void sortStrings(char arr[][MAX], int n)
    char temp[MAX];

    // Sorting strings using bubble sort
    for (int j=0; j<n-1; j++)
        for (int i=j+1; i<n; i++)
            if (strcmp(arr[j], arr[i]) > 0)
                strcpy(temp, arr[j]);
                strcpy(arr[j], arr[i]);
                strcpy(arr[i], temp);

int main()
    char arr[][MAX] = {"GeeksforGeeks","Quiz","Practice","Gblogs","Coding"};
    int n = sizeof(arr)/sizeof(arr[0]);

    sortStrings(arr, n);

    printf("Strings in sorted order are : ");
    for (int i=0; i<n; i++)
        printf("\n String %d is %s", i+1, arr[i]);
    return 0;


Strings in sorted order are : 
 String 1 is Coding
 String 2 is Gblogs
 String 3 is GeeksforGeeks
 String 4 is Practice
 String 5 is Quiz

This article is contributed by Rahul Agrawal. If you like GeeksforGeeks and would like to contribute, you can also write an article and mail your article to See your article appearing on the GeeksforGeeks main page and help other Geeks.

Please write comments if you find anything incorrect, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above

GATE CS Corner    Company Wise Coding Practice

Please write to us at to report any issue with the above content.

Recommended Posts:

2.2 Average Difficulty : 2.2/5.0
Based on 4 vote(s)

Writing code in comment? Please use, generate link and share the link here.