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  • Last Updated : 19 Jan, 2022

Given a doubly linked list, rotate the linked list counter-clockwise by N nodes. Here N is a given positive integer and is smaller than the count of nodes in linked list. 

N = 2
Rotated List: 


Input : a  b  c  d  e   N = 2
Output : c  d  e  a  b 

Input : a  b  c  d  e  f  g  h   N = 4
Output : e  f  g  h  a  b  c  d 

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To rotate the Doubly linked list, we need to change next of Nth node to NULL, next of last node to previous head node, and prev of head node to last node and finally change head to (N+1)th node and prev of new head node to NULL (Prev of Head node in doubly linked list is NULL) 
So we need to get hold of three nodes: Nth node, (N+1)th node and last node. Traverse the list from beginning and stop at Nth node. Store pointer to Nth node. We can get (N+1)th node using NthNode->next. Keep traversing till end and store pointer to last node also. Finally, change pointers as stated above and at Last Print Rotated List using 
PrintList Function. 


// Java program to rotate a Doubly linked 
// list counter clock wise by N times 
class GfG { 
/* Link list node */
static class Node
    char data; 
    Node prev; 
    Node next; 
static Node head = null;
// This function rotates a doubly linked 
// list counter-clockwise and updates the 
// head. The function assumes that N is 
// smallerthan size of linked list. It 
// doesn't modify the list if N is greater 
// than or equal to size 
static void rotate( int N) 
    if (N == 0
    // Let us understand the below code 
    // for example N = 2 and 
    // list = a <-> b <-> c <-> d <-> e. 
    Node current = head; 
    // current will either point to Nth 
    // or NULL after this loop. Current 
    // will point to node 'b' in the 
    // above example 
    int count = 1
    while (count < N && current != null)
        current =; 
    // If current is NULL, N is greater 
    // than or equal to count of nodes 
    // in linked list. Don't change the 
    // list in this case 
    if (current == null
    // current points to Nth node. Store 
    // it in a variable. NthNode points to 
    // node 'b' in the above example 
    Node NthNode = current; 
    // current will point to last node 
    // after this loop current will point 
    // to node 'e' in the above example 
    while ( != null
        current =; 
    // Change next of last node to previous 
    // head. Next of 'e' is now changed to 
    // node 'a' = head; 
    // Change prev of Head node to current 
    // Prev of 'a' is now changed to node 'e' 
    (head).prev = current; 
    // Change head to (N+1)th node 
    // head is now changed to node 'c' 
    head =; 
    // Change prev of New Head node to NULL 
    // Because Prev of Head Node in Doubly 
    // linked list is NULL 
    (head).prev = null
    // change next of Nth node to NULL 
    // next of 'b' is now NULL = null
// Function to insert a node at the 
// beginning of the Doubly Linked List 
static void push(char new_data) 
    Node new_node = new Node(); = new_data; 
    new_node.prev = null = (head); 
    if ((head) != null
        (head).prev = new_node; 
head = new_node; 
/* Function to print linked list */
static void printList(Node node) 
    while (node != null && != null)
        System.out.print( + " "); 
        node =; 
    if(node != null)
// Driver's Code 
public static void main(String[] args) 
    /* Start with the empty list */
    // Node head = null; 
    /* Let us create the doubly 
    linked list a<->b<->c<->d<->e */
    push( 'e'); 
    push( 'd'); 
    push( 'a'); 
    int N = 2
    System.out.println("Given linked list "); 
    rotate( N); 
    System.out.println("Rotated Linked list "); 
// This code is contributed by Prerna Saini
Given linked list 
a  b  c  d  e
Rotated Linked list 
c  d  e  a  b


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