Circular Queue | Set 2 (Circular Linked List Implementation)

Prerequisite – Circular Singly Linked List

We have discussed basics and how to implement circular queue using array in set 1.
Circular Queue | Set 1 (Introduction and Array Implementation)

In this post another method of circular queue implementation is discussed, using Circular Singly Linked List.

Operations on Circular Queue:

  • Front:Get the front item from queue.
  • Rear: Get the last item from queue.
  • enQueue(value) This function is used to insert an element into the circular queue. In a circular queue, the new element is always inserted at Rear position.

    1. Create a new node dynamically and insert value into it.
    2. Check if front==NULL, if it is true then front = rear = (newly created node)
    3. If it is false then rare=(newly created node) and rear node always contains the address of the front node.
  • deQueue() This function is used to delete an element from the circular queue. In a queue, the element is always deleted from front position.

    1. Check whether queue is empty or not means front == NULL.
    2. If it is empty then display Queue is empty. If queue is not empty then step 3
    3. Check if (front==rear) if it is true then set front = rear = NULL else move the front forward in queue, update address of front in rear node and return the element.
  • Operations-on-Circular -Queue

    // C or C++ program for insertion and
    // deletion in Circular Queue
    #include <bits/stdc++.h>
    using namespace std;
    // Structure of a Node
    struct Node
        int data;
        struct Node* link;
    struct Queue
        struct Node *front, *rear;
    // Function to create Circular queue
    void enQueue(Queue *q, int value)
        struct Node *temp = new Node;
        temp->data = value;
        if (q->front == NULL)
            q->front = temp;
            q->rear->link = temp;
        q->rear = temp;
        q->rear->link = q->front;
    // Function to delete element from Circular Queue
    int deQueue(Queue *q)
        if (q->front == NULL)
            printf ("Queue is empty");
            return INT_MIN;
        // If this is the last node to be deleted
        int value; // Value to be dequeued
        if (q->front == q->rear)
            value = q->front->data;
            q->front = NULL;
            q->rear = NULL;
        else  // There are more than one nodes
            struct Node *temp = q->front;
            value = temp->data;
            q->front = q->front->link;
            q->rear->link= q->front;
        return value ;
    // Function displaying the elements of Circular Queue
    void displayQueue(struct Queue *q)
        struct Node *temp = q->front;
        printf("\nElements in Circular Queue are: ");
        while (temp->link != q->front)
            printf("%d ", temp->data);
            temp = temp->link;
        printf("%d", temp->data);
    /* Driver of the program */
    int main()
        // Create a queue and initialize front and rear
        Queue *q = new Queue;
        q->front = q->rear = NULL;
        // Inserting elements in Circular Queue
        enQueue(q, 14);
        enQueue(q, 22);
        enQueue(q, 6);
        // Display elements present in Circular Queue
        // Deleting elements from Circular Queue
        printf("\nDeleted value = %d", deQueue(q));
        printf("\nDeleted value = %d", deQueue(q));
        // Remaining elements in Circular Queue
        enQueue(q, 9);
        enQueue(q, 20);
        return 0;


    Elements in Circular Queue are: 14 22 6
    Deleted value = 14
    Deleted value = 22
    Elements in Circular Queue are: 6
    Elements in Circular Queue are: 6 9 20

    Time Complexity: Time complexity of enQueue(), deQueue() operation is O(1) as there is no loop in any of the operation.

    Note : In case of linked list implementation, a queue can be easily implemented without being circular. However in case of array implementation, we need a circular queue to save space.

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