Topological sorting for **D**irected **A**cyclic **G**raph (DAG) is a linear ordering of vertices such that for every directed edge uv, vertex u comes before v in the ordering. Topological Sorting for a graph is not possible if the graph is not a DAG.

Given a DAG, print all topological sorts of the graph.

For example, consider the below graph.

All topological sorts of the given graph are:

4 5 0 2 3 1

4 5 2 0 3 1

4 5 2 3 0 1

4 5 2 3 1 0

5 2 3 4 0 1

5 2 3 4 1 0

5 2 4 0 3 1

5 2 4 3 0 1

5 2 4 3 1 0

5 4 0 2 3 1

5 4 2 0 3 1

5 4 2 3 0 1

5 4 2 3 1 0

In a Directed acyclic graph many a times we can have vertices which are unrelated to each other because of which we can order them in many ways. These various topological sorting is important in many cases, for example if some relative weight is also available between the vertices, which is to minimize then we need to take care of relative ordering as well as their relative weight, which creates the need of checking through all possible topological ordering.

We can go through all possible ordering via backtracking , the algorithm step are as follows :

- Initialize all vertices as unvisited.
- Now choose vertex which is unvisited and has zero indegree and decrease indegree of all those vertices by 1 (corresponding to removing edges) now add this vertex to result and call the recursive function again and backtrack.
- After returning from function reset values of visited, result and indegree for enumeration of other possibilities.

Below is implementation of above steps.

## C++

`// C++ program to print all topological sorts of a graph` `#include <bits/stdc++.h>` `using` `namespace` `std;` `class` `Graph` `{` ` ` `int` `V; ` `// No. of vertices` ` ` `// Pointer to an array containing adjacency list` ` ` `list<` `int` `> *adj;` ` ` `// Vector to store indegree of vertices` ` ` `vector<` `int` `> indegree;` ` ` `// A function used by alltopologicalSort` ` ` `void` `alltopologicalSortUtil(vector<` `int` `>& res,` ` ` `bool` `visited[]);` `public` `:` ` ` `Graph(` `int` `V); ` `// Constructor` ` ` `// function to add an edge to graph` ` ` `void` `addEdge(` `int` `v, ` `int` `w);` ` ` `// Prints all Topological Sorts` ` ` `void` `alltopologicalSort();` `};` `// Constructor of graph` `Graph::Graph(` `int` `V)` `{` ` ` `this` `->V = V;` ` ` `adj = ` `new` `list<` `int` `>[V];` ` ` `// Initialising all indegree with 0` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = 0; i < V; i++)` ` ` `indegree.push_back(0);` `}` `// Utility function to add edge` `void` `Graph::addEdge(` `int` `v, ` `int` `w)` `{` ` ` `adj[v].push_back(w); ` `// Add w to v's list.` ` ` `// increasing inner degree of w by 1` ` ` `indegree[w]++;` `}` `// Main recursive function to print all possible` `// topological sorts` `void` `Graph::alltopologicalSortUtil(vector<` `int` `>& res,` ` ` `bool` `visited[])` `{` ` ` `// To indicate whether all topological are found` ` ` `// or not` ` ` `bool` `flag = ` `false` `;` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = 0; i < V; i++)` ` ` `{` ` ` `// If indegree is 0 and not yet visited then` ` ` `// only choose that vertex` ` ` `if` `(indegree[i] == 0 && !visited[i])` ` ` `{` ` ` `// reducing indegree of adjacent vertices` ` ` `list<` `int` `>:: iterator j;` ` ` `for` `(j = adj[i].begin(); j != adj[i].end(); j++)` ` ` `indegree[*j]--;` ` ` `// including in result` ` ` `res.push_back(i);` ` ` `visited[i] = ` `true` `;` ` ` `alltopologicalSortUtil(res, visited);` ` ` `// resetting visited, res and indegree for` ` ` `// backtracking` ` ` `visited[i] = ` `false` `;` ` ` `res.erase(res.end() - 1);` ` ` `for` `(j = adj[i].begin(); j != adj[i].end(); j++)` ` ` `indegree[*j]++;` ` ` `flag = ` `true` `;` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `// We reach here if all vertices are visited.` ` ` `// So we print the solution here` ` ` `if` `(!flag)` ` ` `{` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = 0; i < res.size(); i++)` ` ` `cout << res[i] << ` `" "` `;` ` ` `cout << endl;` ` ` `}` `}` `// The function does all Topological Sort.` `// It uses recursive alltopologicalSortUtil()` `void` `Graph::alltopologicalSort()` `{` ` ` `// Mark all the vertices as not visited` ` ` `bool` `*visited = ` `new` `bool` `[V];` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = 0; i < V; i++)` ` ` `visited[i] = ` `false` `;` ` ` `vector<` `int` `> res;` ` ` `alltopologicalSortUtil(res, visited);` `}` `// Driver program to test above functions` `int` `main()` `{` ` ` `// Create a graph given in the above diagram` ` ` `Graph g(6);` ` ` `g.addEdge(5, 2);` ` ` `g.addEdge(5, 0);` ` ` `g.addEdge(4, 0);` ` ` `g.addEdge(4, 1);` ` ` `g.addEdge(2, 3);` ` ` `g.addEdge(3, 1);` ` ` `cout << ` `"All Topological sorts\n"` `;` ` ` `g.alltopologicalSort();` ` ` `return` `0;` `}` |

## Java

`//Java program to print all topolgical sorts of a graph` `import` `java.util.*;` `class` `Graph {` ` ` `int` `V; ` `// No. of vertices` ` ` `List<Integer> adjListArray[];` ` ` `public` `Graph(` `int` `V) {` ` ` `this` `.V = V;` ` ` `@SuppressWarnings` `(` `"unchecked"` `)` ` ` `List<Integer> adjListArray[] = ` `new` `LinkedList[V];` ` ` `this` `.adjListArray = adjListArray;` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = ` `0` `; i < V; i++) {` ` ` `adjListArray[i] = ` `new` `LinkedList<>();` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `// Utility function to add edge` ` ` `public` `void` `addEdge(` `int` `src, ` `int` `dest) {` ` ` `this` `.adjListArray[src].add(dest);` ` ` `}` ` ` ` ` `// Main recursive function to print all possible` ` ` `// topological sorts` ` ` `private` `void` `allTopologicalSortsUtil(` `boolean` `[] visited,` ` ` `int` `[] indegree, ArrayList<Integer> stack) {` ` ` `// To indicate whether all topological are found` ` ` `// or not` ` ` `boolean` `flag = ` `false` `;` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = ` `0` `; i < ` `this` `.V; i++) {` ` ` `// If indegree is 0 and not yet visited then` ` ` `// only choose that vertex` ` ` `if` `(!visited[i] && indegree[i] == ` `0` `) {` ` ` ` ` `// including in result` ` ` `visited[i] = ` `true` `;` ` ` `stack.add(i);` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `adjacent : ` `this` `.adjListArray[i]) {` ` ` `indegree[adjacent]--;` ` ` `}` ` ` `allTopologicalSortsUtil(visited, indegree, stack);` ` ` ` ` `// resetting visited, res and indegree for` ` ` `// backtracking` ` ` `visited[i] = ` `false` `;` ` ` `stack.remove(stack.size() - ` `1` `);` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `adjacent : ` `this` `.adjListArray[i]) {` ` ` `indegree[adjacent]++;` ` ` `}` ` ` `flag = ` `true` `;` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `// We reach here if all vertices are visited.` ` ` `// So we print the solution here` ` ` `if` `(!flag) {` ` ` `stack.forEach(i -> System.out.print(i + ` `" "` `));` ` ` `System.out.println();` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` ` ` `// The function does all Topological Sort.` ` ` `// It uses recursive alltopologicalSortUtil()` ` ` `public` `void` `allTopologicalSorts() {` ` ` `// Mark all the vertices as not visited` ` ` `boolean` `[] visited = ` `new` `boolean` `[` `this` `.V];` ` ` `int` `[] indegree = ` `new` `int` `[` `this` `.V];` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = ` `0` `; i < ` `this` `.V; i++) {` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `var : ` `this` `.adjListArray[i]) {` ` ` `indegree[var]++;` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `ArrayList<Integer> stack = ` `new` `ArrayList<>();` ` ` `allTopologicalSortsUtil(visited, indegree, stack);` ` ` `}` ` ` ` ` `// Driver code` ` ` `public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args) {` ` ` `// Create a graph given in the above diagram` ` ` `Graph graph = ` `new` `Graph(` `6` `);` ` ` `graph.addEdge(` `5` `, ` `2` `);` ` ` `graph.addEdge(` `5` `, ` `0` `);` ` ` `graph.addEdge(` `4` `, ` `0` `);` ` ` `graph.addEdge(` `4` `, ` `1` `);` ` ` `graph.addEdge(` `2` `, ` `3` `);` ` ` `graph.addEdge(` `3` `, ` `1` `);` ` ` `System.out.println(` `"All Topological sorts"` `);` ` ` `graph.allTopologicalSorts();` ` ` `}` `}` |

## Python3

`# class to represent a graph object` `class` `Graph:` ` ` `# Constructor` ` ` `def` `__init__(` `self` `, edges, N):` ` ` `# A List of Lists to represent an adjacency list` ` ` `self` `.adjList ` `=` `[[] ` `for` `_ ` `in` `range` `(N)]` ` ` `# stores in-degree of a vertex` ` ` `# initialize in-degree of each vertex by 0` ` ` `self` `.indegree ` `=` `[` `0` `] ` `*` `N` ` ` `# add edges to the undirected graph` ` ` `for` `(src, dest) ` `in` `edges:` ` ` `# add an edge from source to destination` ` ` `self` `.adjList[src].append(dest)` ` ` `# increment in-degree of destination vertex by 1` ` ` `self` `.indegree[dest] ` `=` `self` `.indegree[dest] ` `+` `1` `# Recursive function to find` `# all topological orderings of a given DAG` `def` `findAllTopologicalOrders(graph, path, discovered, N):` ` ` `# do for every vertex` ` ` `for` `v ` `in` `range` `(N):` ` ` `# proceed only if in-degree of current node is 0 and` ` ` `# current node is not processed yet` ` ` `if` `graph.indegree[v] ` `=` `=` `0` `and` `not` `discovered[v]:` ` ` `# for every adjacent vertex u of v,` ` ` `# reduce in-degree of u by 1` ` ` `for` `u ` `in` `graph.adjList[v]:` ` ` `graph.indegree[u] ` `=` `graph.indegree[u] ` `-` `1` ` ` `# include current node in the path` ` ` `# and mark it as discovered` ` ` `path.append(v)` ` ` `discovered[v] ` `=` `True` ` ` `# recur` ` ` `findAllTopologicalOrders(graph, path, discovered, N)` ` ` `# backtrack: reset in-degree` ` ` `# information for the current node` ` ` `for` `u ` `in` `graph.adjList[v]:` ` ` `graph.indegree[u] ` `=` `graph.indegree[u] ` `+` `1` ` ` `# backtrack: remove current node from the path and` ` ` `# mark it as undiscovered` ` ` `path.pop()` ` ` `discovered[v] ` `=` `False` ` ` `# print the topological order if` ` ` `# all vertices are included in the path` ` ` `if` `len` `(path) ` `=` `=` `N:` ` ` `print` `(path)` `# Print all topological orderings of a given DAG` `def` `printAllTopologicalOrders(graph):` ` ` `# get number of nodes in the graph` ` ` `N ` `=` `len` `(graph.adjList)` ` ` `# create an auxiliary space to keep track of whether vertex is discovered` ` ` `discovered ` `=` `[` `False` `] ` `*` `N` ` ` `# list to store the topological order` ` ` `path ` `=` `[]` ` ` `# find all topological ordering and print them` ` ` `findAllTopologicalOrders(graph, path, discovered, N)` `# Driver code` `if` `__name__ ` `=` `=` `'__main__'` `:` ` ` `# List of graph edges as per above diagram` ` ` `edges ` `=` `[(` `5` `, ` `2` `), (` `5` `, ` `0` `), (` `4` `, ` `0` `), (` `4` `, ` `1` `), (` `2` `, ` `3` `), (` `3` `, ` `1` `)]` ` ` `print` `(` `"All Topological sorts"` `)` ` ` `# Number of nodes in the graph` ` ` `N ` `=` `6` ` ` `# create a graph from edges` ` ` `graph ` `=` `Graph(edges, N)` ` ` `# print all topological ordering of the graph` ` ` `printAllTopologicalOrders(graph)` `# This code is contributed by Priyadarshini Kumari` |

Output :

All Topological sorts 4 5 0 2 3 1 4 5 2 0 3 1 4 5 2 3 0 1 4 5 2 3 1 0 5 2 3 4 0 1 5 2 3 4 1 0 5 2 4 0 3 1 5 2 4 3 0 1 5 2 4 3 1 0 5 4 0 2 3 1 5 4 2 0 3 1 5 4 2 3 0 1 5 4 2 3 1 0

This articles is contributed by Utkarsh Trivedi. Please write comments if you find anything incorrect, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above

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