# How to find the minimum and maximum element of a Vector using STL in C++?

• Difficulty Level : Easy
• Last Updated : 20 Mar, 2019

Given a vector, find the minimum and maximum element of this vector using STL in C++.

Example:

```Input: {1, 45, 54, 71, 76, 12}
Output: min = 1, max = 76

Input: {10, 7, 5, 4, 6, 12}
Output: min = 1, max = 76
```

## Recommended: Please try your approach on {IDE} first, before moving on to the solution.

Approach:

• Min or Minimum element can be found with the help of *min_element() function provided in STL.
• Max or Maximum element can be found with the help of *max_element() function provided in STL.

Syntax:

```*min_element (first_index, last_index);

*max_element (first_index, last_index);
```

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

 `// C++ program to find the min and max element``// of Vector using *min_element() in STL`` ` `#include ``using` `namespace` `std;`` ` `int` `main()``{``    ``// Get the vector``    ``vector<``int``> a = { 1, 45, 54, 71, 76, 12 };`` ` `    ``// Print the vector``    ``cout << ``"Vector: "``;``    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < a.size(); i++)``        ``cout << a[i] << ``" "``;``    ``cout << endl;`` ` `    ``// Find the min element``    ``cout << ``"\nMin Element = "``         ``<< *min_element(a.begin(), a.end());`` ` `    ``// Find the max element``    ``cout << ``"\nMax Element = "``         ``<< *max_element(a.begin(), a.end());``    ``return` `0;``}`
Output:
```Vector: 1 45 54 71 76 12

Min Element = 1
Max Element = 76
```

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