# C++ Program to Rotate Matrix Elements

• Last Updated : 17 Feb, 2022

Given a matrix, clockwise rotate elements in it.

Examples:

```Input
1    2    3
4    5    6
7    8    9

Output:
4    1    2
7    5    3
8    9    6

For 4*4 matrix
Input:
1    2    3    4
5    6    7    8
9    10   11   12
13   14   15   16

Output:
5    1    2    3
9    10   6    4
13   11   7    8
14   15   16   12```

The idea is to use loops similar to the program for printing a matrix in spiral form. One by one rotate all rings of elements, starting from the outermost. To rotate a ring, we need to do following.
1) Move elements of top row.
2) Move elements of last column.
3) Move elements of bottom row.
4) Move elements of first column.
Repeat above steps for inner ring while there is an inner ring.

Below is the implementation of above idea. Thanks to Gaurav Ahirwar for suggesting below solution.

## C++

 `// C++ program to rotate a matrix` `#include ``#define R 4``#define C 4``using` `namespace` `std;` `// A function to rotate a matrix mat[][] of size R x C.``// Initially, m = R and n = C``void` `rotatematrix(``int` `m, ``int` `n, ``int` `mat[R][C])``{``    ``int` `row = 0, col = 0;``    ``int` `prev, curr;` `    ``/*``    ``row - Starting row index``    ``m - ending row index``    ``col - starting column index``    ``n - ending column index``    ``i - iterator``    ``*/``    ``while` `(row < m && col < n)``    ``{` `        ``if` `(row + 1 == m || col + 1 == n)``            ``break``;` `        ``// Store the first element of next row, this``        ``// element will replace first element of current``        ``// row``        ``prev = mat[row + 1][col];` `        ``/* Move elements of first row from the remaining rows */``        ``for` `(``int` `i = col; i < n; i++)``        ``{``            ``curr = mat[row][i];``            ``mat[row][i] = prev;``            ``prev = curr;``        ``}``        ``row++;` `        ``/* Move elements of last column from the remaining columns */``        ``for` `(``int` `i = row; i < m; i++)``        ``{``            ``curr = mat[i][n-1];``            ``mat[i][n-1] = prev;``            ``prev = curr;``        ``}``        ``n--;` `        ``/* Move elements of last row from the remaining rows */``        ``if` `(row < m)``        ``{``            ``for` `(``int` `i = n-1; i >= col; i--)``            ``{``                ``curr = mat[m-1][i];``                ``mat[m-1][i] = prev;``                ``prev = curr;``            ``}``        ``}``        ``m--;` `        ``/* Move elements of first column from the remaining rows */``        ``if` `(col < n)``        ``{``            ``for` `(``int` `i = m-1; i >= row; i--)``            ``{``                ``curr = mat[i][col];``                ``mat[i][col] = prev;``                ``prev = curr;``            ``}``        ``}``        ``col++;``    ``}` `    ``// Print rotated matrix``    ``for` `(``int` `i=0; i

Output:

```5 1 2 3
9 10 6 4
13 11 7 8
14 15 16 12```

Please refer complete article on Rotate Matrix Elements for more details!

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