Delete a Doubly Linked List node at a given position

Given a doubly linked list and a position n. The task is to delete the node at the given position n from the beginning.

Initial doubly linked list

Doubly Linked List after deletion of node at position n = 2

Approach: Following are the steps:

  1. Get the pointer to the node at position n by traversing the doubly linked list up to the nth node from the beginning.
  2. Delete the node using the pointer obtained in Step 1. Refer this post.
/* C++ implementation to delete a doubly Linked List node 
   at the given position */
#include <bits/stdc++.h>

using namespace std;

/* a node of the doubly linked list */
struct Node {
    int data;
    struct Node* next;
    struct Node* prev;

/* Function to delete a node in a Doubly Linked List.
   head_ref --> pointer to head node pointer.
   del  -->  pointer to node to be deleted. */
void deleteNode(struct Node** head_ref, struct Node* del)
    /* base case */
    if (*head_ref == NULL || del == NULL)

    /* If node to be deleted is head node */
    if (*head_ref == del)
        *head_ref = del->next;

    /* Change next only if node to be deleted is NOT 
       the last node */
    if (del->next != NULL)
        del->next->prev = del->prev;

    /* Change prev only if node to be deleted is NOT 
       the first node */
    if (del->prev != NULL)
        del->prev->next = del->next;

    /* Finally, free the memory occupied by del*/

/* Function to delete the node at the given position
   in the doubly linked list */
void deleteNodeAtGivenPos(struct Node** head_ref, int n)
    /* if list in NULL or invalid position is given */
    if (*head_ref == NULL || n <= 0)

    struct Node* current = *head_ref;
    int i;

    /* traverse up to the node at position 'n' from
       the beginning */
    for (int i = 1; current != NULL && i < n; i++)
        current = current->next;

    /* if 'n' is greater than the number of nodes
       in the doubly linked list */
    if (current == NULL)

    /* delete the node pointed to by 'current' */
    deleteNode(head_ref, current);

/* Function to insert a node at the beginning 
   of the Doubly Linked List */
void push(struct Node** head_ref, int new_data)
    /* allocate node */
    struct Node* new_node = 
         (struct Node*)malloc(sizeof(struct Node));

    /* put in the data  */
    new_node->data = new_data;

    /* since we are adding at the beginning,
    prev is always NULL */
    new_node->prev = NULL;

    /* link the old list off the new node */
    new_node->next = (*head_ref);

    /* change prev of head node to new node */
    if ((*head_ref) != NULL)
        (*head_ref)->prev = new_node;

    /* move the head to point to the new node */
    (*head_ref) = new_node;

/* Function to print nodes in a given doubly
   linked list */
void printList(struct Node* head)
    while (head != NULL) {
        cout << head->data << " ";
        head = head->next;

/* Driver program to test above functions*/
int main()
    /* Start with the empty list */
    struct Node* head = NULL;

    /* Create the doubly linked list 10<->8<->4<->2<->5 */
    push(&head, 5);
    push(&head, 2);
    push(&head, 4);
    push(&head, 8);
    push(&head, 10);

    cout << "Doubly linked list before deletion:n";

    int n = 2;

    /* delete node at the given position 'n' */
    deleteNodeAtGivenPos(&head, n);

    cout << "\nDoubly linked list after deletion:n";

    return 0;


Doubly linked list before deletion:
10 8 4 2 5
Doubly linked list after deletion:
10 4 2 5

Time Complexity: O(n), in worst case where n is the number of nodes in the doubly linked list.

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