Depth First Traversal (or Search) for a graph is similar to Depth First Traversal of a tree. The only catch here is, unlike trees, graphs may contain cycles, so we may come to the same node again. To avoid processing a node more than once, we use a boolean visited array.

For example, in the following graph, we start traversal from vertex 2. When we come to vertex 0, we look for all adjacent vertices of it. 2 is also an adjacent vertex of 0. If we don’t mark visited vertices, then 2 will be processed again and it will become a non-terminating process. A Depth First Traversal of the following graph is 2, 0, 1, 3.

See this post for all applications of Depth First Traversal.

Following are implementations of simple Depth First Traversal. The C++ implementation uses adjacency list representation of graphs. STL‘s list container is used to store lists of adjacent nodes.

## C++

// C++ program to print DFS traversal from // a given vertex in a given graph #include<iostream> #include<list> using namespace std; // Graph class represents a directed graph // using adjacency list representation class Graph { int V; // No. of vertices // Pointer to an array containing // adjacency lists list<int> *adj; // A recursive function used by DFS void DFSUtil(int v, bool visited[]); public: Graph(int V); // Constructor // function to add an edge to graph void addEdge(int v, int w); // DFS traversal of the vertices // reachable from v void DFS(int v); }; Graph::Graph(int V) { this->V = V; adj = new list<int>[V]; } void Graph::addEdge(int v, int w) { adj[v].push_back(w); // Add w to v’s list. } void Graph::DFSUtil(int v, bool visited[]) { // Mark the current node as visited and // print it visited[v] = true; cout << v << " "; // Recur for all the vertices adjacent // to this vertex list<int>::iterator i; for (i = adj[v].begin(); i != adj[v].end(); ++i) if (!visited[*i]) DFSUtil(*i, visited); } // DFS traversal of the vertices reachable from v. // It uses recursive DFSUtil() void Graph::DFS(int v) { // Mark all the vertices as not visited bool *visited = new bool[V]; for (int i = 0; i < V; i++) visited[i] = false; // Call the recursive helper function // to print DFS traversal DFSUtil(v, visited); } int main() { // Create a graph given in the above diagram Graph g(4); g.addEdge(0, 1); g.addEdge(0, 2); g.addEdge(1, 2); g.addEdge(2, 0); g.addEdge(2, 3); g.addEdge(3, 3); cout << "Following is Depth First Traversal" " (starting from vertex 2) \n"; g.DFS(2); return 0; }

## Java

// Java program to print DFS traversal from a given given graph import java.io.*; import java.util.*; // This class represents a directed graph using adjacency list // representation class Graph { private int V; // No. of vertices // Array of lists for Adjacency List Representation private LinkedList<Integer> adj[]; // Constructor Graph(int v) { V = v; adj = new LinkedList[v]; for (int i=0; i<v; ++i) adj[i] = new LinkedList(); } //Function to add an edge into the graph void addEdge(int v, int w) { adj[v].add(w); // Add w to v's list. } // A function used by DFS void DFSUtil(int v,boolean visited[]) { // Mark the current node as visited and print it visited[v] = true; System.out.print(v+" "); // Recur for all the vertices adjacent to this vertex Iterator<Integer> i = adj[v].listIterator(); while (i.hasNext()) { int n = i.next(); if (!visited[n]) DFSUtil(n, visited); } } // The function to do DFS traversal. It uses recursive DFSUtil() void DFS(int v) { // Mark all the vertices as not visited(set as // false by default in java) boolean visited[] = new boolean[V]; // Call the recursive helper function to print DFS traversal DFSUtil(v, visited); } public static void main(String args[]) { Graph g = new Graph(4); g.addEdge(0, 1); g.addEdge(0, 2); g.addEdge(1, 2); g.addEdge(2, 0); g.addEdge(2, 3); g.addEdge(3, 3); System.out.println("Following is Depth First Traversal "+ "(starting from vertex 2)"); g.DFS(2); } } // This code is contributed by Aakash Hasija

## Python

# Python program to print DFS traversal from a # given given graph from collections import defaultdict # This class represents a directed graph using # adjacency list representation class Graph: # Constructor def __init__(self): # default dictionary to store graph self.graph = defaultdict(list) # function to add an edge to graph def addEdge(self,u,v): self.graph[u].append(v) # A function used by DFS def DFSUtil(self,v,visited): # Mark the current node as visited and print it visited[v]= True print v, # Recur for all the vertices adjacent to this vertex for i in self.graph[v]: if visited[i] == False: self.DFSUtil(i, visited) # The function to do DFS traversal. It uses # recursive DFSUtil() def DFS(self,v): # Mark all the vertices as not visited visited = [False]*(len(self.graph)) # Call the recursive helper function to print # DFS traversal self.DFSUtil(v,visited) # Driver code # Create a graph given in the above diagram g = Graph() g.addEdge(0, 1) g.addEdge(0, 2) g.addEdge(1, 2) g.addEdge(2, 0) g.addEdge(2, 3) g.addEdge(3, 3) print "Following is DFS from (starting from vertex 2)" g.DFS(2) # This code is contributed by Neelam Yadav

**Output:**

Following is Depth First Traversal (starting from vertex 2) 2 0 1 3

**Illustration for an Undirected Graph : **

**How to handle disconnected graph?**

The above code traverses only the vertices reachable from a given source vertex. All the vertices may not be reachable from a given vertex (example Disconnected graph). To do complete DFS traversal of such graphs, we must call DFSUtil() for every vertex. Also, before calling DFSUtil(), we should check if it is already printed by some other call of DFSUtil(). Following implementation does the complete graph traversal even if the nodes are unreachable. The differences from the above code are highlighted in the below code.

## C++

// C++ program to print DFS traversal for a given given graph #include<iostream> #include <list> using namespace std; class Graph { int V; // No. of vertices list<int> *adj; // Pointer to an array containing adjacency lists void DFSUtil(int v, bool visited[]); // A function used by DFS public: Graph(int V); // Constructor void addEdge(int v, int w); // function to add an edge to graph void DFS(); // prints DFS traversal of the complete graph }; Graph::Graph(int V) { this->V = V; adj = new list<int>[V]; } void Graph::addEdge(int v, int w) { adj[v].push_back(w); // Add w to v’s list. } void Graph::DFSUtil(int v, bool visited[]) { // Mark the current node as visited and print it visited[v] = true; cout << v << " "; // Recur for all the vertices adjacent to this vertex list<int>::iterator i; for(i = adj[v].begin(); i != adj[v].end(); ++i) if(!visited[*i]) DFSUtil(*i, visited); } // The function to do DFS traversal. It uses recursive DFSUtil() void Graph::DFS() { // Mark all the vertices as not visited bool *visited = new bool[V]; for (int i = 0; i < V; i++) visited[i] = false; // Call the recursive helper function to print DFS traversal // starting from all vertices one by one for (int i = 0; i < V; i++) if (visited[i] == false) DFSUtil(i, visited); } int main() { // Create a graph given in the above diagram Graph g(4); g.addEdge(0, 1); g.addEdge(0, 2); g.addEdge(1, 2); g.addEdge(2, 0); g.addEdge(2, 3); g.addEdge(3, 3); cout << "Following is Depth First Traversaln"; g.DFS(); return 0; }

## Java

// Java program to print DFS traversal from a given given graph import java.io.*; import java.util.*; // This class represents a directed graph using adjacency list // representation class Graph { private int V; // No. of vertices // Array of lists for Adjacency List Representation private LinkedList<Integer> adj[]; // Constructor Graph(int v) { V = v; adj = new LinkedList[v]; for (int i=0; i<v; ++i) adj[i] = new LinkedList(); } //Function to add an edge into the graph void addEdge(int v, int w) { adj[v].add(w); // Add w to v's list. } // A function used by DFS void DFSUtil(int v,boolean visited[]) { // Mark the current node as visited and print it visited[v] = true; System.out.print(v+" "); // Recur for all the vertices adjacent to this vertex Iterator<Integer> i = adj[v].listIterator(); while (i.hasNext()) { int n = i.next(); if (!visited[n]) DFSUtil(n,visited); } } // The function to do DFS traversal. It uses recursive DFSUtil() void DFS() { // Mark all the vertices as not visited(set as // false by default in java) boolean visited[] = new boolean[V]; // Call the recursive helper function to print DFS traversal // starting from all vertices one by one for (int i=0; i<V; ++i) if (visited[i] == false) DFSUtil(i, visited); } public static void main(String args[]) { Graph g = new Graph(4); g.addEdge(0, 1); g.addEdge(0, 2); g.addEdge(1, 2); g.addEdge(2, 0); g.addEdge(2, 3); g.addEdge(3, 3); System.out.println("Following is Depth First Traversal"); g.DFS(); } } // This code is contributed by Aakash Hasija

## Python

# Python program to print DFS traversal for complete graph from collections import defaultdict # This class represents a directed graph using adjacency # list representation class Graph: # Constructor def __init__(self): # default dictionary to store graph self.graph = defaultdict(list) # function to add an edge to graph def addEdge(self,u,v): self.graph[u].append(v) # A function used by DFS def DFSUtil(self, v, visited): # Mark the current node as visited and print it visited[v]= True print v, # Recur for all the vertices adjacent to # this vertex for i in self.graph[v]: if visited[i] == False: self.DFSUtil(i, visited) # The function to do DFS traversal. It uses # recursive DFSUtil() def DFS(self): V = len(self.graph) #total vertices # Mark all the vertices as not visited visited =[False]*(V) # Call the recursive helper function to print # DFS traversal starting from all vertices one # by one for i in range(V): if visited[i] == False: self.DFSUtil(i, visited) # Driver code # Create a graph given in the above diagram g = Graph() g.addEdge(0, 1) g.addEdge(0, 2) g.addEdge(1, 2) g.addEdge(2, 0) g.addEdge(2, 3) g.addEdge(3, 3) print "Following is Depth First Traversal" g.DFS() # This code is contributed by Neelam Yadav

Output:

Following is Depth First Traversal 0 1 2 3

Time Complexity: O(V+E) where V is number of vertices in the graph and E is number of edges in the graph.

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