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Java Program to Search an Element in a Circular Linked List
  • Last Updated : 26 Nov, 2020

A linked list is a kind of linear data structure where each node has a data part and an address part which points to the next node. A circular linked list is a type of linked list where the last node points to the first one, making a circle of nodes. Example:

Input : CList = 6->5->4->3->2, find = 3
Output: Element is present

Input : CList = 6->5->4->3->2, find = 1
Output: Element is not present

Search an Element in a Circular Linked List

For example, if the key to be searched is 30 and the linked list is 5->4->3->2, then the function should return false. If the key to be searched is 4, then the function should return true.


  1. Initialize a node pointer, temp = head
  2. Initialize a counter f=0 (to check if the element is present in a linked list or not)
  3. If the head is null then the print list is empty
  4. Else start traversing the Linked List and if element found in Linked List increment in f.
  5. If the counter is zero, then the print element is not found

Below is the implementation of the above approach:


// Java program to Search an Element
// in a Circular Linked List
public class search {
    class Node {
        int data;
        Node next;
        public Node(int data) { = data; }
    // declaring head pointer as null
    public Node head = null;
    public Node tempo = null;
    // function adds new nodes at the end of list
    public void addNode(int data)
        Node new1 = new Node(data);
        // If linked list is empty
        if (head == null) {
            head = new1;
        else {
   = new1;
        tempo = new1;
        // last node points to first node = head;
    public void find(int key)
        // temp will traverse the circular
        // linked list for searching element
        Node temp = head;
        // counter used to check if
        // element is found or not
        int f = 0;
        if (head == null) {
            System.out.println("List is empty");
        else {
            do {
                if ( == key) {
                        "element is present");
                    f = 1;
                temp =;
            } while (temp != head);
            if (f == 0) {
                    "element is not present");
    public static void main(String[] args)
        search s = new search();
        // Adds data to the list
        // Search for node 2 in the list
        // Search for node 6 in the list
element is present
element is not present

Time Complexity: O(N), where N is the length of the Circular linked list.

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