How to find index of a given element in a Vector in C++

Given a vector V consisting of N integers and an element K, the task is to find the index of element K in the vector V. If the element does not exist in vector then print -1.


Input: V = {1, 45, 54, 71, 76, 17}, K = 54
Output: 2
Explaination :
The index of 54 is 2, hence output is 2.

Input: V = {3, 7, 9, 11, 13}, K = 12
Output: -1

Follow the steps below to solve the problem:

    • Index of an element in a vector can be found with the help of the two predefined functions in stl:

    • find(): Used to find the position of element in the vector.
    • distance(): Used to find distance between base iterater of vector and iterator return by find() function.
  1. Finaly return the distance returned by distance() function.

Below is the implementation of the above approach :






// C++ program to find the index
// of an element in a vector
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
// Function to print the
// index of an element
void getIndex(vector<int> v, int K)
    auto it = find(v.begin(),
                   v.end(), K);
    // If element was found
    if (it != v.end()) {
        // calculating the index
        // of K
        int index = distance(v.begin(),
        cout << index << endl;
    else {
        // If the element is not
        // present in the vector
        cout << "-1" << endl;
// Driver Code
int main()
    // Vector
    vector<int> v = { 1, 45, 54, 71,
                      76, 17 };
    // Value whose index
    // needs to be found
    int K = 54;
    getIndex(v, K);
    return 0;




Time Complexity : O (N)
Auxiliary Space : O (1)

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